Strathfield State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers assisted emergency services personnel at Hornsby after a partial roof collapse at the Westfield Shopping Centre on Monday evening.
Hornsby area was affect by a mini tornado accompanied by heavy rains last week.
“This storm provides a clear warning to Strathfield locals: in a severe storm nobody can take it for granted that they won’t be affected; storm preparations are critical for all homes and businesses, no matter their size,” Strathfield SES Local Controller Darrin Parkin said.
The team from the Strathfield SES Unit joined teams from across the Greater Sydney area, including Hornsby, The Hills, Ashfield-Leichhardt, and Ryde.
“Strathfield SES was called to assist emergency services in Hornsby following a partial roof collapse at the Westfield Shopping Centre earlier that afternoon,” Parkin said.
“When the Strathfield team arrived on site they began debris removal operations to make the area safe before assisting other NSW SES teams with temporary repairs on the roof of the Westfield Shopping Centre.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank those Strathfield SES volunteers who attended and did Strathfield proud.”
Parkin encouraged all residents and businesses to take the initiative and develop a storm plan now.
“We are well into this year’s storm season and now is the time to prepare – because trying to make preparations as the storm hits is too late,” Parkin said.
He added that residents and businesses can do a few simple things that make a huge difference in a severe storm by cleaning gutters, fixing any existing roof damage, checking insurance policies, and preparing a home emergency kit.
Tips and guides on storm safety can be found online at www.stormsafe.com.au, Parkin said.
Storm season falls between October and March every year and is the time of year when severe storms occur more frequently. Strathfield was largely unaffected by the severe winds that hit Hornsby during this storm.
For assistance in floods and storms, call the State Emergency Service on 132 500. For assistance in life-threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero).