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21 May 2020


How to prepare for a storm


Storms and severe weather events can happen at any time, and they can be unpredictable. It's important that you’re aware of what to do before, during and after a storm to help keep your home and the people in it safe. These storm safety tips will help you prepare and stay safe in the event of a storm. 
 

What to do before a storm

There are a few things you can do to prepare for a storm before it hits. Help safeguard your home and minimise any damage that severe weather, hail and thunderstorms can cause:

  • Make sure there are no loose items around your yard or balcony that can blow around and damage your house or injure someone
  • Keep any trees or large plants around your house maintained to avoid them falling on your building in strong winds
  • Check gutters and drains around your house to make sure they’re clear and not clogged
  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather forecasts and updates
  • Make sure your pets have safe shelter from the storm
  • Don't park your car under trees and move it under secure cover if possible
  • Prepare an emergency kit in case of a storm that includes a radio (to listen to weather and emergency updates), torch, spare batteries and a list of emergency contact phone numbers


What to do during a storm

Storms can bring hail, strong winds and heavy rainfall. The most important thing is that you, your family and your pets stay safe during the storm. 

  • Don’t use landline telephone during a thunderstorm or lightning strike
  • Unplug electrical devices during a storm (computers, mobiles on chargers, appliances etc)
  • Stay away from windows and glass doors
  • If you're in a car, pull over to a safe location and turn on your hazard lights. Stay in your car until the storm has passed. If you require emergency assistance, call 000
  • If you're swimming or in any water activity, leave the water right away
  • Don't fly kites or continue any outdoor activities which may attract lightning, such as golf or fishing


What to do after a storm

Even though the storm might have passed, there may still be potential dangers that you need to be aware of. 

  • Don’t swim in or attempt to cross flooded areas, either on foot or in vehicles
  • Stay away from fallen wires and powerlines
  • Report any fallen powerlines to your local State Emergency Service (details listed below)
  • If you need to, you can lodge a claim with Woolworths Insurance 24/7
  • For emergencies, contact your State Emergency Service

 

State and territory emergency services

Handy hint: Save your local emergency service contact details in your phone, so you can access them easily.


Have you signed up for Woolworths Weather Alerts?

If you're a Woolworths Car, Home or Landlords Insurance customer and have your mobile number listed on your policy, you can opt-in to Weather Alerts. 

When you're opted-in to these alerts, we'll send you an SMS if there is a greater than 50% chance of hail in your area or if the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe weather warning. 

You can update your mobile number in My Insurance Portal.

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Sources:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather-services/severe-weather-knowledge-centre/safety.shtml
https://www.ausgrid.com.au/Your-safety/In-an-emergency/Storm-Safety/Storm-safety-tips

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