Wild weather events appear to be on the increase. With severe storms, floods and cyclones becoming almost a regular event, it is important to plan ahead for storm season.
First and foremost, make sure everything is stored away safely. Belongings should not be stored out in the yard during storm season, as they can become damaged or they can cause damage. Sheets of iron, trailers and the like, can become flying missiles in an extreme storm. If you don’t have enough room to safely store everything, consider using the services of Fort Knox Storage Australia .
Firstly, get out into the garden. Trim tree branches that hang over your home or any branches that are dead or dying. You may need to check with the council if these are very large trees.
Next, check the roof. You need to clean out all gutters and downpipes. This will help prevent overflowing and flooding. Also make sure that your roof is firmly in place. Check for loose nails, loose tiles etc.
When a Storm is On the Way
Keep up to date with weather forecasts and take action if a storm is on the way. Go out into the yard and ensure that all loose objects are put away or secured; things like outdoor furniture, kid’s bikes, wheelbarrows, anything that can be damaged or cause damage if the storm hits.
A Storm Emergency Kit
It is important to have a storm emergency kit in place. It’s too late once the storm is crashing around you and the power is out.
Your kit should consist of a portable battery operated radio, so that you can keep up to date with warnings being issued by the weather bureau and general updates about flooding, road conditions and the like. A torch is another vital item. Make sure you have spare batteries for both and also keep a spare torch bulb or two in your kit.
You should have candles or a gas lantern as well as some lighters and/or waterproof matches. Keep adequate bottled water and tinned or dried food to last you a couple of days.
First aid supplies should also be placed with your kit. If anyone in your family requires medications, make sure there are spare supplies in the kit.
You should have a list of all emergency numbers and also keep a spare car charger so you can charge your mobile phone if the power goes out.
You may also like to consider storing a spare set of clothing in a waterproof bag. A pair of rubber gloves and sturdy shoes will also be handy if you need to go out and deal with flooding or damage.
Be Prepared for Flooding
In recent years Australia has suffered massive flooding. It is important to be prepared for this eventuality. Your council can advise you of the flood risk in your area and also provide you with tips according to the risk.
Juliet Wang has years of experience in home insurance, she wrote this article to help you plan for this coming storm season.