During summer we can see an increase in storms and natural disasters in some areas. Now is a great opportunity to take precautions to protect your family and reduce the impact of a natural disaster on your home. Here are some tips to consider:
Prepare your home
When preparing for storm season you should:
- Trim trees and branches on your property that may cause a threat during a storm
- Secure loose items in your backyard such as garden furniture, toys and building materials
- Get your roof checked and replace any broken roof tiles or other damage.
Prepare your family
To help keep your family safe in a storm, it’s a good idea to create an emergency plan for your home. Click here to download a sample Home Emergency Plan from the Queensland State Emergency Service.1
Your plan should cover things such as:
- Emergency escape routes from each room in your house
- Agreed place to meet in case of an emergency
- How you will manage requirements for family members with medical or special needs
- How to shut off utilities (if required and there’s time)
- What you will do with your pets
- Location of your emergency kit with items such as radio, torch, first aid kit, etc.
- Important emergency phone numbers and copies of documents such as your home insurance.
Stay safe during a storm
If heavy storms are reported in your area, it’s important to listen to the radio or television and check the internet for information. Ensure the safety of yourself and your family first, and be ready to evacuate if required.
- Avoid driving when a storm is coming where possible and never drive through flood waters
- Avoid walking through moving water even if it’s shallow as you could lose your balance and fall
- Try to shelter your vehicles under cover and not under trees
- Disconnect your home electrical appliances where possible (but not if you are wet or standing in water).
1 Queensland State Emergency Service’s Stormwise website.
Information provided in this article is designed to be a guide only and was believed to be correct at time of publication. Please consider your own personal circumstances when reading the information contained within the article.