DHHS Alert: high risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma, Friday 1 Nov

A high risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma conditions has been forecast in the Wimmera and South West weather districts today; due to the combination of grass pollen and severe thunderstorms. There is also moderate risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma conditions in adjoining weather districts – Central, Mallee, North Central and Northern Country.

We are seeking your assistance in promoting key health messages through your networks and stakeholders.

  • If people have asthma or hayfever, the advice is to go inside, close doors and windows and avoid wind gusts before and during the storm. Reliever medication should be carried at all times today.

It is important that you and your staff remain aware of current weather conditions by monitoring the Bureau of Meteorology forecast and updates and www.emergency.vic.gov.au.

If your health service sees any potential or actual impacts it is critical that you notify your DHHS emergency management contacts early so that the department can coordinate a broader health sector response if required.

Please also ensure you have subscribed to our service for the distribution of health alerts including Chief Health Officer alerts and advisories. This service is available to everyone: you, your colleagues, your stakeholders and your family. I encourage you to subscribe to receive alerts to ensure you remain informed and prepared this summer.

To subscribe to receive health alerts and other emergency advice go to: www.health.vic.gov.au/subscribe.

State Emergency Management Centre
Department of Health and Human Services | 50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne 3000
semc@dhhs.vic.gov.au | www.dhhs.vic.gov.au
State Duty Operations Officer (24 hours): 1300 790 733