How To Prepare For Major Storm Weather Events
Major storm weather means more than just putting on a raincoat and carrying an umbrella.
The storm season is now well underway in the ACT, usually lasting between September until the end of February.
Major storm weather can lead to severe damage. It may include torrential rain, strong wind gusts, large hailstones, and lightning. These can cause flash floods, damage to power lines and trees, and unroofed buildings.
In these situations, it’s important to know what to do, and where to get help if required.
8 Tips To Prepare For Major Storms
Here are some easy things to do now, to help reduce potential damage during a storm and save money on costly repairs:
- Keep Backyard Tidy
Secure loose items which can blow around in strong winds such as outdoor tables.
Ensure there are no flammable materials.
- Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning gutters, drains, and downpipes help to prevent blockages
- Trim Tree Branches
Trim any trees or branches which may fall onto your home in a storm.
- Repair Roof Damage
Check your roof for any damage, and fix any broken or missing tiles
- Make an Emergency Plan
Make a detailed plan with your family which covers everything to do in an emergency
- Prepare an Emergency Kit
In case you need to leave your home in a hurry, or the power goes out
- Listen for Media Updates
Tune into your local radio station to be aware of any weather warnings.
- Check Your Insurance Policy
Make sure it is current and covers against storms
What To Do During Major Storms
To protect your family and property, here are a few things you should do before, during, and after a major storm:
When A Storm Warning is announced
The Bureau of Meteorology will issue alerts ahead of time.
- Move indoors with your children and pets.
- Park your car under cover, away from power lines, trees, and drains
- Secure any items which can blow around in strong winds
- Check on your neighbours. They may not have heard the warning
- Unplug all electrical equipment which is connected to mains power
During A Storm
- Never walk or drive through floodwater
- Stay indoors and away from windows
- Stay away from drains, gutters, waterways, creaks, causeways.
- Avoid damaged buildings, power-lines, and trees
- If driving, put your hazard lights on and find a safe place to pull over
After A Storm
- Check your property for any signs of damage
- Be careful to also look for damage to other buildings, broken trees and powerlines
- Check if your neighbours need help
- Don’t go exploring – it may hinder recovery efforts and put yourself in danger
For emergency help during floods or storms, contact the ACT State Emergency Service on 132 500
If you require emergency plumbing services after a major storm, D&K Egan Plumbing is available 24/7 on 0427 625 716.