Residents across the Pilbara have been urged to be more efficient in cleaning debris during the aftermath of cyclones and refrain from “panic buying” mass amounts of stock before a weather system hits. Karratha Department of Fire and Emergency Services acting superintendent Graham Sears said although the town had prepared well for cyclone Damien last month, there was an urgent need for improvement. He said the community had to apply common sense in the lead-up to dangerous weather, saying it was unnecessary to empty supermarket shelves. “All we’re asking is for people to apply some common sense around their purchasing and not to go overboard with their purchases,” he said. “We do expect people to get enough supplies for four to five days when the shops are going to be closed but we want to make sure we don’t empty the supermarkets where we have to wait post-impact for the resupply of the supermarkets on trucks that may be coming from Perth that can’t get here because of road closures. “We are asking people to just be sensible about what they do when they stock their emergency kits and just make sure they’ve got enough for themselves, but just ensuring they leave enough for everybody.” Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said he understood consumers stocked up because they were worried about when products would next be available. “But then from another perspective too, you’ve also got consumers who then are looking for things and there may be people who have stockpiles of it and other people can’t get it,” he said. Mr Sears also urged residents to clean up dangerous debris left behind by cyclone Damien sooner rather than later in case another system hit. “There is the onset of another cyclone heading this direction and we want to make sure there is no debris laying around to be picked up by the winds and used as missiles and thrown about the place,” he said. “Obviously, the less debris that’s laying around, the less damage that is going to be caused.” The City of Karratha said as of last Friday, only 60 per cent of Karratha’s clean-up was complete.