Heavy rain, high winds and hail can cause substantial damage to you and your home. However, there are things you can do to keep safe and minimize the damage caused.
Always have your emergency kit prepared
- Battery operated torch and radio
- Spare batteries
- Canned non-perishable food
- Can opener
- First aid kit
- Wet weather clothes and spare sneakers
- Copies of important documents
- Cellphone charger
- Spare change
Know your house – identify the best part of your home for shelter (e.g. bathroom, cellar, hallway, built in wardrobe).
When you get a storm warning
- Secure loose objects or move them indoors
- Secure bigger items such as outdoor furniture, rubbish bins, BBQ and bikes, or move them indoors if possible
- Keep your window and door openings clear from furniture and other items
- Shelter and secure your pets
- Move your vehicle into a garage if you have one, or cover it with a tarpaulin or blankets. Make sure you have a full tank of fuel in case you need to evacuate
- If you have a garage door, back your vehicle against the inside of the door to help prevent it twisting in high winds
- Secure all doors, windows and awnings
- Fill spare water bottles and containers with drinking water
- Check your emergency kit is up to date.
Listen to your local radio station for weather updates and possible evacuation notices.
During the storm
- Pull curtains and drapes over windows to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass
- Stay indoors away from windows and shelter in the strongest part of your home
- Keep your emergency kit within reach
- If power is lost, turn off and unplug electrical items especially computers to avoid damage from power surges
- If you’re driving, slow down or park away from trees, power lines and creeks or rivers.
Listen to the radio for storm and power supply updates and any evacuation plans.
Weekend tasks that can make a difference should a storm strike
- Clear debris from drains and fix any that are blocked
- Maintain the exterior of your home (fix loose roof tiles, worn out corrugated sheets or worn out fences)
- Trim tree branches near the house, and regularly check for rotting branches
- Keep your garden and backyard clear of loose objects that could blow around.