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Media Release

Tenants and owners should prepare now for storm season
Friday 7 May 2010 – 11:00 AM

With the official start of storm season this week, FESA’s State Emergency Service and the Real Estate Institute of Australia are urging tenants, owners and property managers to ensure rental homes are well prepared for the bad weather ahead.

 

FESA Assistant Chief Operations Officer Gary Gifford said while storms cannot be prevented, people can prepare their properties now to reduce the risk of damage and injury.

 

“Perth has already been battered by one of the worst storms in 16 years, causing hundreds of millions of dollars damage to thousands of cars and homes,” Mr Gifford said.

 

“Homes in metropolitan areas that still need repairs due to the hailstorm could be damaged further when the bad weather starts.

 

“So it’s important owners contact their insurance company to organise permanent repairs as soon as possible to prevent more damage occurring.

 

Each year between May and October severe storms cause major damage to many suburbs and coastal communities.  

 

Mr Gifford said owners should ensure there are no loose roof tiles or sheets to prevent water damage to ceilings and prevent them from being picked up and thrown by strong winds which could cause damage or injury.

 

“Owners should also ensure gutters and downpipes are clear of leaves and blockages so they do not overflow after heavy rain and trim branches around their property to prevent them falling on roofs and cars,” Mr Gifford.

 

“Tenants can lend a helping hand by clearing rubbish from around the property and putting away loose objects that could be blown around by strong winds such as outdoor furniture and children’s play equipment.

 

“If you rent, make sure you have an emergency kit with portable radio, first aid kit, torch and spare batteries ready, as these may prove useful throughout the storm season.”

 

Mr Gifford said tenants should report any property damage to their property manager early so repairs can be completed before the bad weather hits.

 

If your property has been badly damaged by a storm and you cannot fix it yourself call the SES on 132 500.

 

After a storm, owners, property managers and insurance companies are responsible for clearing debris, organising ongoing maintenance and permanent repairs.

 

For more information about preparing for storms visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au.

 

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