Be prepared for storms

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 01 July 2018

Storms can happen all year round, bringing heavy rain, hail and damaging winds. Some simple preparation may prevent major problems down the track.

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.
A Melbourne storm

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 drainpipes 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.