Are you storm ready?
Don't leave it to the last minute to think about protecting your property.
To be storm ready, you need to understand your risk and keep general home maintenance up-to-date. This means making sure trees are trimmed and overhanging branches are removed (be aware of any overhead powerlines), keeping the roof in good condition and clearing gutters and downpipes so water can drain away quickly.
Get ahead of the clouds and give your property a pre-storm check to minimise the potential for damage.
- Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is current and adequate.
- Check if your insurance policy includes debris clean up and removal.
- Identify the strongest room to shelter in during a severe storm or cyclone.
- Know where and how to turn off the main supply for water, power and gas (if applicable).
- Have items such as water storage containers, spare fuel for your vehicle (ensure you store it safely), a camp stove and fuel for cooking without power.
Storm survival tips
Here are five essential steps in case you receive a warning that a cyclone or severe storm is imminent.
- Disconnect electrical appliances and external television and radio aerials inside the house.
- Turn off electricity and gas main supplies if instructed to do so.
- Secure outdoor furniture and garden items.
- Fill buckets and bath with clean water in case of interruptions to water supply.
- To protect windows, close shutters if you have them or tape windows with strong tape and draw curtains.