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Severe storm and hail safety tips

Storms can be a welcome relief after stifling hot days in Australia. But they can also have a nasty side – particularly when strong winds and hail stones are involved.

Did you know?

In April 1999, a huge storm ripped through Sydney dumping hail stones of more than 9cm in diameter. This caused insurance losses of more than $1.5 billion in under an hour.

Here are some tips to help you keep your family, your home and your business safe this storm season: 

Preparing for a severe storm

  • Assemble an emergency kit that includes things like first aid supplies, torch, battery operated portable radio, important documents and medicines.
  • Regularly clear gutters and rubbish from around the property.
  • Ensure your family members and/or employees know how to turn off mains supply for water, power and gas.
  • Regularly check the condition of your property’s roof and arrange the repair of any loose tiles, eaves or roof screws.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good working order.
  • If you receive a warning for your area, charge your mobile battery and fill up the car if possible.

At the onset of a severe storm

  • First and foremost, the safety of you, your loved ones and employees should come first. For any emergencies, please call 000.
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule:
    • Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
    • Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder.
  • If it’s safe to do so, move your vehicle undercover and secure any outdoor furniture.
  • Gather everyone indoors including any pets.
  • Close outside doors, window blinds, shades and curtains.
  • Stay away from doors, windows and exterior walls.
  • Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice.

After a severe storm

  • Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice.
  • Turn off all electrical items at the wall.
  • Don’t walk through flowing water.
  • Look for hazards such as broken/leaking gas lines, damaged sewage systems, flooded electrical circuits, submerged appliances and structural damage.

Need to make a claim?

Click here for information on how to make a claim after a natural disaster.

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