5 Ways to Prepare for a Cyclone
Cyclone Gita has been tearing her way towards New Zealand with uncertainty continuing to surround her impact here. The team at Certus believe it’s important to be prepared, so here are a few things you can do to make sure that you and your family are best protected, whatever the outcome.
1 - Stay Informed
Keep an eye on your local news sites and radio stations for the most up-to-date information on the weather. In the case of an emergency civil defence authorities will be broadcasting advice appropriate for your community. Staying in the know means you won’t have any nasty surprises and can plan accordingly.
2 - Agree on a Household Emergency Plan
Many natural disasters will have an impact on essential services such as power and water, and may disrupt your ability to travel and communicate with each other. It’s important that everyone is prepared and developing a household emergency plan means each member of your household will know what to do during the event as well as how and where you will meet up if you are separated.
3 - Prepare your Property
Cyclones bring high winds so make sure you secure or remove any large objects that may become airborne. Have your roof checked beforehand to make sure it is secure, and keep boards, tarpaulins, and duct tape on hand in case you need to make any emergency repairs to your windows. Take note of all appliances that may be affected by electrical power surges, and be ready to unplug these during the event. If you own a farm, make sure to know where to move livestock in case of flooding, landslides and fallen power lines.
4 - Store Emergency Supplies
Water supplies may be affected so collect enough food and water for at least 3-7 days. It is recommended to have around 3 litres of water per person for each day. Canned and dried foods make great emergency supplies and it’s important to keep tools for food preparation such as a portable gas stove, lighters, and a can opener. If flooding occurs contamination of food is possible, wash all cooking utensils thoroughly and throw out and food items exposed to flood water. To avoid this, it’s best to store emergency supplies off the ground. Check your first-aid kit and stock up in case of any accidents or injuries.
5 - Check your Insurance
Weather-related claims have been on the rise in recent years with the increase in severe weather across the country. It’s possible that Cyclone Gita may cause damage, so it’s important to have adequate insurance cover that will enable you to make any necessary repairs. If you’re unsure about your current cover or believe it may be inadequate check in with your insurance broker before the event. You can reach out to us on 09 365 5901 (Auckland) or 09 237 1191 (Pukekohe).
For more information about dealing with natural disasters, visit getthru.govt.nz.