You can’t stop a storm approaching. But you can be prepared for one. Severe storms are a reality for many Australians, causing a lot of damage and financial stress. So knowing how to protect your family, home and business is important. It’s worth checking out these handy tips on how to plan, prepare and keep safe this storm season.

Give me the main points

  • Powerful storms are unpredictable, so you should always be prepared.
  • Your home, business and car should be properly insured.
  • When a storm's coming, there are practical ways to keep your family and home protected.

How can I be ready for storms?

Ensure you’re insured

When the worst happens, it’s good to know you’re properly covered. Check that your home, business, and car insurance are up to date and adequate. It’s a good idea to find out if your cover includes the removal of broken trees, rubbish and other forms of debris.

Keep your home maintained

Your home and property should always be in good condition. Keep your lawn short, overhanging trees cut back, and the gutters and downpipes free of leaves. You should also store flammable materials like petrol, chemicals and woodpiles clearly away from the house.

Stock up on supplies

Time is your greatest resource when a storm hits, so it’s important to have emergency supplies on hand. Be prepared with drinking water, non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, a portable radio with spare batteries, and materials like masking tape to help secure windows.

What should I do when a storm’s coming?

When there’s a storm warning, it’s important to have a plan of action – and for everyone to be on board. These tips may help you to stay one step ahead when the storm hits.

Clean up, close up and fill up

Loose items like tools, toys and outside furniture should be safely stored away. It’s also a good idea to fill up your bath and containers with clean water – in case the main water supply is cut. Windows can easily break during storms, so keep all shutters closed and taped.

Switch off your appliances

Electrical appliances around the house should be switched off. You might also have to turn off the mains supply for your power, water and gas. This means knowing in advance where they’re located on your property.

Park your car undercover

Don’t forget to park your car undercover, far away from trees, power lines and water. If you can’t find cover, simply secure blankets around it to help protect it from hail.

Know where to go

When the storm becomes severe, you’ll need to seek the best shelter you can find. In your home, it’s most likely to be the smallest room with the fewest windows.

Important information

The information about insurance has been prepared without taking into account any particular person's objectives, financial situation or needs. Before deciding to take out insurance, interested persons should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to their personal objectives, financial situation or needs.

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