Weather conditions can change without warning
Strong winds, heavy rain and flying debris created during a storm or cyclone can cause extensive damage to your house. Know what to do to prepare for storms and cyclones by contacting your local council or emergency authority.
Tips to prepare
Preparing for storm or cyclone season
Some of the most common types of damage experienced during a cyclone can be avoided through proper maintenance.
- Check and fix any of the following: corrosion, rotten timber, termite damage, and loose fixings
- If you are unsure, engage a qualified building practitioner to check critical areas in and around your home such as the roof, gable end walls, doors and windows, garage doors, roof eaves, and any leaks
- Keep trees and gardens well-maintained.
Before a storm or cyclone
- Secure any property that may cause damage, such as garbage bins, gas bottles and outdoor equipment
- Ensure any chemicals or poisons are safety stowed away and above floor level
- Bottle tap water
- If flooding is likely, ensure your valuables are stored safely in a high place.
During a storm or cyclone
- Stay indoors in a safe place away from windows
- If outdoors, seek shelter away from water sources, trees and power lines
- If driving, put your hazard lights on and pull over in a safe place away from water sources, trees and power lines.
After a storm or cyclone
- Check your house and property for damage
- Check your neighbours are safe
- Keep away from water sources, trees and power lines.
Did you know
Damage caused by failure of rotten timbers, corroded fasteners and roof battens, and collapse of unreinforced masonry walls are among the most common types of problems caused by cyclones.