While the dangers of a storm can’t be prevented, you can prepare and reduce the amount of damage a storm can cause. Most damage is caused by flying objects, fallen trees and flooding from blocked gutters.
As storms can happen at any time and sometimes without much notice, it is best to prepare and maintain your property throughout the year.
When a severe storm forms quickly there may not be much time to prepare yourself or your property. You will have a better chance of reducing damage and injury if everyone knows what to do and your property is well maintained.
For a storm plan template, please refer to our Storm Smart brochure.
Your emergency kit must be kept in a waterproof plastic container or heavy-duty water-resistant bag. You may be without power, water and other essential services for some days after a severe storm.
Having an up to date emergency kit can better prepare your household for all hazards. Everyone in your household should know where the emergency kit is and be able to reach it.
When preparing your family and property for natural disasters, you also need to consider your pets and livestock.
Ensure that your pets are properly identified with a name tag or microchip or that you have a recent photo of them with you, and that stock registers for your livestock are current.
Find out more about pet and livestock welfare in an emergency by visiting the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.
You can also ask your local government if there are pet or livestock welfare arrangements in place during an emergency.