Get storm ready for Christmas


RACQ has urged Queenslanders to prepare their homes for severe weather before beginning festive celebrations.

Tree fallen onto a fence

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said storm season was here, and whether families were travelling for Christmas or staying at home, it was crucial they prepared for the possibility of an extreme weather event.

“At this busy time of year insurance might not be your number one priority, but it’s important you check it and make sure you are adequately covered," Ms Smith said.

“Review your listed valuables and speak to your insurer about what your policy covers. Make sure your sum insured amount is enough to cover the cost to rebuild your home and replace the contents if they were destroyed.

“The next step is to prepare your property, that may include clearing out gutters, trimming trees or checking the roof. If you’re going away, you may also want to secure outdoor items or move your vehicle into the garage.”

Ms Smith said Queenslanders should also make sure their emergency kit was stocked and they had a plan for if the worst should happen.

“An emergency kit is a must-have for anyone in the path of severe weather. It can make a world of difference to your family if you have access to medications, food and clean drinking water.

“Think about what you would do if you didn’t have power for several days – what would you eat, how would you charge your phones and laptops, and what documents you’ll need.

“Sit down with your household and agree on your emergency plan, you all need to be on the same page about what you’ll do, and where you’ll go, in the case of an event.”

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