The North West should expect a wilder wet season than usual this year, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. DFES Supt Grant Pipe said based on the La Nina event, their could be an above average tropical cyclone season. “We’re gearing up for what could be a busy cyclone season,” he said. “We’re asking all the residents and potentially travellers coming into the North West to be aware that cyclones can bring dangerous storm surges, heavy rainfall, flooding and destructive winds. They’re not conditions conducive to fun time.” Supt Pipe said he wanted people to familiarise themselves with the cyclone warning system. These warnings include blue alert, indicating a need to get ready as a cyclone is approaching your region. A yellow alert means it is time to take action, find shelter, fill your vehicle with fuel, and discuss proceedings with family. “If your house or shelter isn’t up to cyclone standards, you should be making arrangements to go and stay with a friend or ultimately go to an emergency evacuation centre, which are available in all major centres in the North West,” Supt Pipe said. “Making sure that they have a preparedness kit available to them.” These include a torch, battery-operated radios, spare batteries, mobile phones, a power bank, medication if needed and a food and water supply to last up to five days. For those travelling to the region, Supt Pipe recommended avoiding camping spots near river beds as the water levels could rise quickly. This advice likely saved numerous lives in February when a “one in 20 to 50-year” weather event surged through Broome. The northern town was hit with 179.4mm of rain, with cars floating down the main roads. Wet season officially started on October 1 and will end on April 30, 2023.