CQ not ready for storm season

Storm heading towards Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Storm heading towards Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

AS Central Queensland approaches another potentially destructive storm season, RACQ research revealed almost half of Central Queensland and Rockhampton householders were not prepared.

RACQ's 2015 Storm & Cyclone Preparedness Index showed close to half (41.5 percent) of householders had done nothing to get ready for the season ahead.

RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said now was the time to take the necessary steps to safeguard life and property.

"Parts of the State have already experienced glimpses of the storm season to come, and we're urging those householders who haven't yet given it thought to prepare their homes and check their level of insurance cover," Mr Sopinski said.

"Less than one-third (30.1 percent) of Central Queensland and Rockhampton householders have checked their home building and contents insurance over the past year and 14.3 percent say they wouldn't have enough cover to completely rebuild."

The research clearly showed many householders had not taken steps to prepare for a

potentially severe storm season.

Mr Sopinski encouraged residents to take the time to check and understand what their household insurance covered.

"We are urging people that now is the time to take advantage of some free time and prepare their homes and check their insurance," he said.

"The main damage is water entering homes which is primarily down to that water being unable to escape due to clogged down pipes or gutters.

"This is something that can be solved relatively easily and we hope people heed our warnings."

RACQ has the following advice for householders to get ready for storm season:

 Check their home building and contents insurance sums insured

 Check and clear gutters and downpipes

 Trim overgrown tree branches. DO NOT attempt to trim trees near powerlines

 Checking the roof for damaged or loose tiles and sheeting

 Remove or secure loose items that could become projectiles

 Joining an Early Warning Network or Early Warning Alert Service through your

local council or

 Have an emergency kit including a battery-operated radio, a reliable torch and

spare batteries, canned food, can opener, water, a first-aid kit and blankets.

2015 RACQ Storm & Cyclone Preparedness Index Key Central Queensland and Rockhampton findings. 

No preparations for storm season 41.5%

Cleared debris from drains than can cause localised flooding 31.3%

Prepared an emergency plan 13.6%

Checked the condition of roof and arranged repairs if necessary 24.5%

Prepared an emergency kit 31.3%

Cleaned gutters & downpipes 35.4%

Prepared an emergency evacuation plan 12.3%

Stored all poisons above ground level 6.8%

Topics:  weather

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