Storm Preparation Checklist: 8 Things To Do To Prepare For A Storm
18 October 2023
By their very nature, storms are often unpredictable – but that doesn’t mean we’re helpless when a storm hits. To protect your family and minimise damage to your home, vehicle or business from the costly damages of a storm, hailstorm or flash flood, the best thing you can do is to be ready.
Having been a part of the Australian community for nearly 100 years, the O’Brien® team has seen our fair share of storms – and we’ve also helped thousands of Australian households prepare for storms (as well as clean-up after them). So, from our first-hand experience, we’ve put together a handy storm preparation checklist for you.
Being prepared for natural disasters such as storms isn’t just a precautionary measure. It’s a way to help keep your loved ones as well as your property safe, especially since Australian storms come in all types and severity.
Here are 8 things that you can do to prepare your home and your family in the event of a storm.
8 things you need to do around the home to be storm-ready
1. Stay informed and updated.
Forewarned is forearmed. So, whenever there’s a storm warning, keep a close eye on weather forecasts. If possible, get real-time alerts and warnings about approaching storms from reliable news sources so you’re always alert.
2. Create a family emergency plan.
Discuss evacuation routes, safe areas within your home, and contact information for nearby shelters or emergency services with your family.
This way, when the time comes, everyone will know what to do and can act quickly.
3. Build an emergency kit and stock up on your essentials.
You can also pack a storm emergency kit with all the essentials:
- non-perishable food
- clean water
- a first aid kit
- a torch
- power banks
Ideally, an emergency kit should have enough supplies for at least a week.
4. Secure your surroundings.
While it’s still safe, clean up garden debris and secure loose objects in your yard so they don’t become projectiles during high winds. This includes outdoor furniture, trampolines or garden decorations. If flooding is a concern, you can use sandbags to prevent water from entering the vicinity of your home.
5. Inspect your doors and windows.
Look into all entry and exit points around your home such as windows and doors check for proper sealing. Get any previously broken panes of glass repaired so that they’re in good working order. It is worth checking to make sure you have the right type of safety glass around your home as well.
Your local O’Brien Glass experts can work on the replacement and provide expert advice for ensuring the glass around your home is safe for extreme weather.
6. Check your roof and gutters.
Check your roof regularly for loose or missing tiles and repair roof damage as soon as you notice it. Cleaning out gutters and downpipes will also ensure proper drainage in case of heavy rainfall. This can help you avoid or minimise potential water leaks and water damage during a storm.
If you need help with the cleaning and repair of your gutters or maintaining your roof, your local O'Brien Plumbing experts can assist.
7. Examine potential electric hazards.
Faulty power lines, lightning and water are a concerning combination that could pose risks to your home and your family. So, it helps to have a safety switch installed and maintained on your switchboard. A residual-current circuit breaker with over-current protection (RCBO) also guards against accidental electrocution by monitoring the current travelling to and from an electrical load.
If you need help with the installation of switchboard and safety switches, your local O'Brien Electrical experts can assist.
8. Review your insurance coverage.
Take the time to talk to your insurance provider and make sure your coverage adequately protects against storm and flood damage, especially if you live in a flood-prone area. Knowing that you have the right coverage gives you one less thing to worry about when the storm hits.
Stay safe and dry with help from O’Brien®
It’s always a smart idea to be prepared in advance for storms, and hopefully, this checklist is a good starting point for you.
For more information about our services, call us on 1800 719 738 or send us a message to speak with one of our friendly staff.
We’re here to keep you safe and dry.