WHILE most of us prefer to stay inside during foul conditions such as those seen throughout Friday and the weekend, volunteers at the Muswellbrook SES were busy keeping locals safe.
With trees stopping traffic on roads and properties sustaining damage as a result of the strong winds, they were required to attend a number of important call outs.
One of the most pressing matters they dealt with was a tree, which fell and blocked off the heavily-used Wybong Road on Friday night.
Four SES members quickly made their way to the scene to remove the danger and reopen the route to allow free-flowing traffic through the area.
A further four incidents occurred throughout the weekend, including having to resume transit on Bureen Road, which was also being hampered by a fallen tree.
Roofs, a common victim of drastic conditions, were reported to be tearing or, in some cases, ripping off completely, but were also aptly re-secured to avoid any harm being caused.
Muswellbrook SES unit commander John Ward said it was an active weekend but they were well prepared for it.
"It may be a little bit out of the ordinary compared to what we normally get," he said.
"We were given a heads up roughly around Wednesday afternoon that there was some severe weather heading our way, so we gave our volunteers a bit of a heads up for anyone that might have been able to assist.
"So, we did have a little bit of knowledge that something was coming in and we were prepared."