Prepare for Storm SeasonWith summer just around the corner, shopping for new swimwear and planning your BBQ social events for the season aren’t the only things that should be on your mind.  Living in Queensland, we are spoilt with beautiful sunshine-filled days in the summer-time – but we are also hit with some very severe storms.

So as any local Queenslander has come to learn, it’s vital to be prepared for the storm season ahead.

Before you start inspecting your yard it is important to look over your insurance policy to understand what you are covered for. If you are not already covered for flood cover and debris clean up and removal, we highly recommend you purchase these.

Here are some tips on how to keep your beautiful outdoor area safe and ready for the soon-to-hit storm season:

  • Familiarise yourself with how to turn off your power, water and gas safely in the event of an emergency.
  • Become aware of all loose items around your property (e.g. outdoor furniture, toys) and find secure areas they can be moved to.
  • Check your gutters and downpipes every fortnight to make sure water is draining away as efficiently as possible.
  • Ensure all tree branches are kept trimmed preventing any overhanging on your roof or overhead powerlines. If you spot any harmful trees in your street call the council or your energy company to come out and have a look at.
  • Keep your roof and skylights in good condition by fixing any loose tiles, eaves and roof screws.
  • Examine timber for any signs of termites, rotting, corrosion or loose fittings.
  • Have a professional builder check your home for ways to improve the structural security.
  • Identify possible flood levels and make sure electrical outlets, switches and power boxes are installed above this level.
  • Move any outdoor objects, garden chemicals or fittings found below possible flood levels to store on higher ground.
  • Instal shutters or metal screens to all windows to add extra protection against high winds.
  • Keep a supply of masking tape, large garbage bags and plastic shopping bags handy, to use as sand bags in diverting storm water.

We also recommend that you check out the Queensland Government’s website to learn more about disaster management.