Be prepared for storms

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

Storms can occur all year round with heavy rain, hail and damaging winds. Yes, even in summer. Some simple preparation may prevent some major problems down the track.

Before the storm
During the storm
After the storm
Planning ahead

Before the storm

  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology and SES websites for warnings, especially in heavy rain
  • Secure loose items in the garden (chairs, trampolines, hoses) and ensure sails and awnings are correctly stored
  • Unplug all non-essential electrical devices to avoid power surge damage
  • Check your roof for damage or corrosion that may allow leaks
  • Park undercover if possible and avoid trees
  • Move cars, caravans and other valuables to higher ground if you’re concerned about flooding
  • Ensure your insurance policy is up-to-date and provides adequate coverage.
     

During the storm

  • Keep doors, windows and curtains closed
  • Switch off non-essential electronics during storms
  • Do not fix any damage caused by the storm until it has passed
  • If you need to evacuate, turn off the gas, water and electricity before you go
  • Do not drive through floodwater
  • Avoid creeks, drains, streams, fallen trees, power lines and damaged buildings
  • Listen to your local emergency broadcaster

After the storm

  • For major damage, call the SES
  • Find out more about RACV Emergency Home Assist
  • Contact your insurance company to make a claim
  • Keep away from trees and fallen power lines
  • Watch out for roads affected by flooding, debris or fallen trees

Planning ahead

  • Read and plan with the SES Home Emergency Plan
  • Know where your torches and batteries are located
  • Prepare a first-aid kit with important documents, photos, clothing and medications should you need to leave
  • Clean guttering and drain pipes regularly
  • Check your roof for loose tiles or other problems
  • Trim bushes or trees that could damage windows in a storm
  • Know where your gas, electricity and water mains are, in case you need to turn them off

In the event of damage, RACV members should contact RACV on 13 19 03. This line is available 24-hours, seven days a week.

Find out more about RACV Insurance and RACV Emergency Home Assist.

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RACV Home and Contents Insurance is issued by Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Limited ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678. This is general advice only so before making any decisions, please consider your own circumstances and the Product Disclosure Statement before buying. For a copy call 13 RACV (13 7228)