Storm Preparation


Following a few simple steps can make you more prepared for storms:


CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS AND DOWNPIPES OF ANY DEBRIS.

Run-off from rain can back-up under the eaves and into your ceiling which can cause major damage.


TRIM OVERHANGING BRANCHES.

If safe, and you have permission from your Local Council, trim any overhanging or dangerous limbs from trees that are growing around your property. These can cause major damage to buildings if they fall, and they can also block access to your property, as well as close roads and damage power lines. Seek permission from your Council, and also, where power lines are involved, seek assistance from the electricity supply company.


KEEP YOUR YARD AND/OR BALCONY FREE FROM LOOSE ITEMS.

Loose items around your yard or balcony can become dangerous missiles in high winds. Clear away any items that could be blown around. This includes securing light-weight garden furniture, toys and pet accessories when a storm is forecast.

MAKE SURE THAT YOUR ROOF IS IN GOOD REPAIR.

Regular roof maintenance to ensure that your roofing material is secure and in good condition, and able to prevent water from getting into your home.


EMERGENCY NUMBERS.

Keep a list of emergency numbers on your fridge or inside a cupboard door. You can also prepare a Family Emergency Kit.