Best tips to be prepared for storm season
RACQ has revealed the ways Queenslanders could prepare their homes for storm season, while also saving money on their insurance premiums.
With months of potential wild weather just around the corner, RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said it was important homeowners acted now to safeguard lives and property.
"Storm season's on our doorstep, so we're urging Queenslanders to prepare themselves and their families now, in case the worst hits us," Ms Ross said.
"Clear debris from your yard and roof, trim back overgrown branches, and secure outdoor furniture items like trampolines and chairs so they don't become projectiles in a storm.
"Make sure you have an emergency kit and discuss your evacuation plan with the entire family in case you need to leave. And of course, check your insurance cover is up-to-date."
Ms Ross said homeowners should also look to put in place long-term mitigation measures which would protect them, and might even result in a discount on their insurance premium.
"Homeowners can modify their property to make it safer in a storm, and if you're in a cyclone-affected area, the changes may even mean you can knock off a few hundred dollars off your annual premium, but always check that with your insurer," she said.
"Adding measures like roller door bracing, glass reinforcement, window shutters, and roof strapping to permanently tie the roof down to the wall frames, all provide added protection."
Pre-storm season checklist:
• Check home building and contents insurance is up-to-date
• Clear gutters and downpipes, and trim overgrown branches away from powerlines
• Check the roof for damaged or loose tiles and sheeting
• Remove or secure loose items from the yard that could become projectiles
• Join an early warning storm alert service
• 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.