YASI: Cyclone Yasi smashed North Queensland causing millions of dollars worth of damage. Photo: Brenda Strong
YASI: Cyclone Yasi smashed North Queensland causing millions of dollars worth of damage. Photo: Brenda Strong

Is your home storm ready?

General home maintenance:

  •  Keep the roof in good condition and check it regularly.
  •  Keep gutters and downpipes clear so water can drain quickly.
  •  Trim trees and overhanging branches close to the house (beware powerlines).
  •  Check and fix corrosion, rotten timber, termite infestations and loose fittings.

General home preparations:

  •  Ensure home, contents and car insurance is current and adequate. Check your policy includes debris clean-up and removal.
  •  Identify your strongest room to shelter in during a severe storm or cyclone.
  •  Identify where and how to turn off main supply for water, power and gas.
  •  Have items such as water storage containers, spare fuel for your vehicle (store it safely), camp stove and fuel for cooking without power.

If you live in a flood-prone area:

  •  Store all poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level.
  •  Identify indoor items you will need to raise or empty if flood threatens.
  •  Consider alternatives to carpet and relocate power-points to well above previous flood levels (using a licensed contractor).
  •  Prepare your own sandbags to help protect your home.

If you live in a cyclone / severe storm-prone area:

  •  Arrange for a professional builder to check your building and identify ways you can increase the structural security of your home to withstand high winds.
  •  Fit windows with shutters or metal screens for added protection during high winds.

Final home preparations:

  •  For when warnings are issued for a cyclone or severe storm.
  •  Disconnect electrical appliances and external television / radio aerials and turn off electricity and gas main supplies if instructed to do so.
  •  Secure outdoor furniture and garden items.
  •  Fill buckets and bath with clean water in case of interruptions to water supply.
  •  Close windows with shutters or tape windows with strong tape. Draw curtains.

For when warnings are issued for flood:

  •  Disconnect all your electrical appliances.
  •  Move outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and household poisons to a higher location.
  •  Empty and raise freezers / refrigerators and stack or move your furniture, valuables and electrical items off-site.
  •  Sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent sewage backflow.
  •  Move livestock, plant and feed to higher ground.

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