It’s that time of year again – storm season in Queensland! Storm season generally starts during the later weeks of September, when the temperature starts to rise once again. Queensland storms are usually quick however can be very destructive.
When they catch you off guard, you can find yourself stuck in high winds, torrential rain, and even hail. It is, therefore, best to be prepared.
At Running Property, we believe our 6 main tips will help you survive storm season.
1. CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS: Remove all debris and any build-up within your gutters so when the storm hits, water is flowing nicely and not backing up, causing overflow in areas that can’t cope.
2. INSURANCE: Nothing is more important than Insurance. Having Insurance gives you the peace of mind that in the event of any incident you will be covered. If you’re not covered, stop reading this and contact an Insurance Company.
3. EMERGENCY KIT: In the event of a major storm, you may be without power for hours, sometimes days. Preparing an emergency kit will certainly help, especially if the power outage occurs in the evening. Think of packing items like flashlights, batteries, power banks, candles, matches, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher.
4. PETS: Most pets don’t like storms, ensure you have your pets inside whilst your home, or If your pets are kept outdoors, make sure they have adequate shelter in case you’re not at home when a storm hits.
5. PACK IT UP AND PUT IT DOWN: If you have any outdoor furnishings, you’ll need to start thinking of space inside to store them when a storm hits. If there are extra items outside that you don’t use, it’s time to find a place for them or donate them. These things can become airborne and easily cause severe damage. Make sure to inspect exterior structures such as carports, porches, decks, sheds, and ensure they are structurally sound and well attached to their anchor points.
6. TREE TRIMMING: To prevent them from falling and causing damage, trim low-hanging branches on trees around your property and also trim shrubs and other foliage that could clog gutters.