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Storm Season – How to Prepare for severe weather

The year 2020 has been a very unpredictable one. With warm weather and temperatures reaching the high 20s in early October, it is highly likely that this year’s storm season may just be as unpredictable. Being prepared early will take out the guesswork and possible loss of valuable items if a storm were to hit earlier than expected.

Storm season in Queensland usually spans from November to April. This is the period during which Tropical cyclones are frequent and destructive weather runs rampant. In some instances, the storm season may begin earlier with heavy rainfall events, hail and other extreme weather conditions that can cause major damage to homes, animals and crops. 

The time to prepare is now, before the storm season begins. You can do so by:

  • Cleaning your gutters and storm drains to allow for water to flow through the pipes and drains during heavy rain as the debris will restrict water flow
  • Make digital copies of important documents and back them up onto cloud based storage such as Google Drive or One Drive
  • Once a storm alert is in place, secure any loose items/tie down loose roofing and any sheeting
  • Store number of emergency services in your mobile phone: SES –  132 500 in case of fallen powerlines or trees in your area or property.

If your property is situated in a flood prone area, monitor your local weather updates. When an alert is issued (and depending on the severity of the system), move your valuables and other contents to higher areas of your home or to a different location. If there is a flooding event, take precautions when returning to your property and engage a professional restoration company as soon as possible. Beware of the heightened risk of infection due to the possible presence of: animal waste, sewage overflow, street debris, sharp objects and street runoff, until restoration works are complete.

Water damage if left too long, will penetrate building materials and cause mould growth which on top of being a health hazard (when spores become airborne), may become more costly to treat. If your contents are water damaged in the event of a disaster, first contact your insurance company and do not discard any damaged items. Contents such as clothes, furniture, shoes, bedding and curtains may be restorable. Juvenaire’s state-of-the-art contents processing facility has the capability to restore storm affected contents with the use of specialist restoration equipment.

Feel free to contact Juvenaire for any advice on 1300 550 960 and ask to speak to one of our Project Managers. You can also email us: claims@juvenaire.com.au

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