Asthma alert for Saturday in Murrumbigee Local Health District

A thunderstorm asthma warning has been issued for Saturday in the eastern part of the Murrumbidgee Local Health District area. High pollen counts and predicted storms can increase the risk of asthma, director of public health, Tracey Oakman said.

“People who are known to suffer from asthma should carry their asthma puffer with them at all times and try to stay indoors with windows and doors closed during the storm period. If you have breathing difficulties call 000 or go to the nearest emergency department,” she said.

“To receive an SMS alert when the pollen counts are high and thunderstorms are predicted, go to and register for alerts.

“Alerts are also be sent from the Public Health smartphone app which can be downloaded free.”