Australia experiences wild weather through the Summer months that can leave you stranded for days. Adequately preparing for the Summer cyclone season means you can rest assured knowing you’ve done all you can to protect your home and family through the festive season.
Before the cyclone season you should
- Check with your local council or your building control authority to see if your home has been built to cyclone standards.
- Check that the walls, roof and eaves of your home are secure.
- Trim treetops and branches well clear of your home (get council permission).
- Preferably fit shutters, or at least metal screens, to all glass areas.
- Clear your property of loose material that could blow about and possibly cause injury or damage during extreme winds.
Making sure that you know how to turn off your gas and water safely is a big time saver when a storm is approaching. Also, knowing the optimal room to wait out the storm’s ferocity is essential – in most homes this tends to be the bathroom. Waterproof structures, including tiling and grout will keep the water out and the hard, solid in-room fixtures, i.e a bathtub or door frame, are a great place for protection, especially if you are in a cyclone-prone area.
Check that your insurance is up to date. Generally there’s nothing worse then trying to contact your insurance man and after a serious storm they’re nearly impossible to get in contact with.
When the storm hits:
-Stay away from windows
-Put towels along windowsills to makes sure no water gets in
-Move to the safest room in the house
-Avoid using technology
-Cover low-lying outlets
Surprising items you should add to your cyclone preparation list are; a can opener, a means of cooking food, garbage bags and gaffer-tape that can be used to secure loose items.
Please be safe in and out of your homes this Summer! Take the time to enjoy your family vacations with lots of fun and no undue stress.
Stay tuned into www.bom.gov.au/cyclone for all Cyclone warnings!