How to prepare for this season’s severe weather events
Bushfires, floods, storms and the La Nina event, how to prepare for this season’s severe weather events.
Severe weather events like storms, bushfires, and floods are becoming increasingly common in parts of Australia.
The effect of the La Nina event
The Bureau of Meteorology declared a La Nina event across much of Northern and Eastern Australia again this summer. It’s likely to be short-lived but persist through summer 2022/23, increasing the chance of above-average rainfall which could result in the likelihood of floods.
There’s also been significant storm activity across South Australia and Victoria heading into summer this year.
Summer in Australia is synonymous with bushfires, and no one can forget the devastation of 2019-2020 bushfires.
How to prepare for a severe weather event
If you’re unsure if you’re in a flood or bushfire-prone area, contact your local council or state emergency service to see if you are.
In the likelihood of any type of severe weather event, it’s important to be prepared so that you can keep yourself and your family safe. Here are some things you can do.
- Have a battery-powered radio available to monitor your local radio station for updates and emergencies.
- Prepare an emergency pack containing tinned food, a tin-opener, water, a first-aid kit, blankets, clothing, spare batteries, matches, and gloves.
- Have an evacuation plan that everyone in your family is familiar with, that includes where you will go if you must evacuate and how you will contact each other if separated.
- Gather important and valuable items and documents to take with you should you need to evacuate.
- If you are in an emergency contact 000 or your local SES.
What to do in a flood
- Switch off utilities and disconnect electrical appliances.
- Move key household and electrical items to a higher place.
- Return to your premises only when authorities indicate that it is safe. Avoid fallen power lines and damaged trees.
- Do not drink water straight from a tap until authorities declare it safe. Do not enter floodwaters unless authorities say it is safe
What to do to prepare for a storm
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters, roof, and downpipes
- Check the roof for leaks and seal them
- Move vehicles undercover and secure items outside that could be blown away
- Unplug electrical items, especially computers.
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
What to do after a storm
- Do not use damaged electrical outlets.
- Stay away from fallen power lines and anything that they may be touching.
- Do not walk through or drive through flowing water or enter still water of unknown depth.
How to prepare for a bushfire
- Clear leaves from gutters, roofs, and downpipes; mow your lawn, and trim low-lying branches around your home.
- Tidy your back yard and move flammable material such as piles of wood, paper, boxes, crates, and garden furniture away from your home.
- Fit quality metal leaf guards on gutters.
- Equip your premises with fire extinguishers.
- Close all windows, shutters and doors.
- Plug any gaps with wet towels. Wear protective clothing.
- Before you leave the premises turn off gas and power. If you can, safely evacuate.
What to do after a bushfire
- Stay away from fallen power lines and anything that they may be touching. Also avoid damaged gas lines.
- Check for small spot fires on your premises and extinguish them if possible.
Once the danger from any severe weather event has passed, take photos of damaged or destroyed items before disposing of them to assist in any insurance claims. Contact your insurer to lodge your claim.
It’s always important to make sure you know what your insurance covers. Speak to your insurer to find out if you’re adequately covered.
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