Storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes, floods and bushfires.
As storms are unpredictable, felt locally and happen in smaller areas their devastating impact is often underestimated.
Storms not only cause damage to homes, property and businesses, they also pose a threat to people, animals and the environment.
The financial and community cost can be lessened with better planning and by preparing your home and family to stay safe and reduce the damage.
How to prepare
Tips for how to prepare for a storm:
- Trim branches around your home
- Check your roof and gutters for damage or loose material.
- Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages so they don’t over flow after heavy rain
- Store or weigh down loose objects around your home
- Prepare an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and a first aid kit
- Prepare an emergency kit and an emergency plan
- Keep up to date with the latest information before, during and after a storm
If your home has been damaged by storm
- Be aware that after storms some services may not be working such as; power, telecommunications, gas, water and sewerage
- Assess your home, property and car for damage; take photographs as soon as possible for insurance purposes
- If your home has been badly damaged and you need help call the State Emergency Service (SES).
- If asbestos has been damaged on your property you should seek professional advice before attempting any repairs or clean up because it could be dangerous
- Start cleaning up around your home. Stack loose material such as branches and debris away from water meters, valves and telephone lines
- State Emergency Service (SES) Volunteers assist the community by making temporary repairs to homes and businesses. It is your responsibility to organise permanent repairs.
- State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will attend as soon as possible. Assistance is prioritised, please be patient.
If you have any insurance queries, contact the Insurance Council of Australia on 1300 728 228