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Floods and Storms

Floods and Storms

The latest flood warning information is available through the State Emergency Services at www.ses.vic.gov.au or phone: 1300 842 737.

Information on flood and storm recovery can be found at emergency.vic.gov.au/relief

The latest weather warning information is available through the Bureau of Meteorology at www.bom.gov.au or phone: 1300 659 217.

The Victorian SES advises the following measures in relation to floods:

  • Be aware of the situation and monitor weather conditions and emergency broadcasters for further information.
  • Go over your Emergency Plan and locate your Emergency Kit.
  • Farmers should be prepared to move machinery and livestock to known higher ground.
  • Floodwaters are dangerous, do not drive, ride or walk through floodwaters.
  • For emergency assistance call the SES on 132 500, if your emergency is life threatening call 000.
  • For the latest flood warning and information and river heights see www.bom.gov.au

 

Thunderstorms and asthma

The Department of Health and Human Services has advised that epidemic thunderstorm asthma events are thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm with strong winds, causing a large number of people to develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time. Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events don't happen every year but when they do, they happen during grass pollen season, which is normally from October through December.

Data from thunderstorm asthma epidemics suggest that the risk of asthma triggered by the particular thunderstorm is highest in adults who are sensitised to grass pollen and have seasonal allergic rhinitis (with or without known asthma). The worst outcomes are seen in people with poorly controlled asthma.

It is important for those with asthma or hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) to see their doctor or pharmacist to review their current medication, update their asthma action plan/hay fever treatment plan and learn asthma first aid.

For further information, visit https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/thunderstormasthma

 

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