According to the NRMA, the Hunter regionwas the second most storm-affected areain NSW, making up 10 per cent of all claims in the state in the last financial year.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) are urgingresidents to get ready for storm season, with new data revealing the majority of home insurance claims are the result of storm damage.
“There has been 22 storm and flood jobs for the Gloucester area since January,” SES spokespersonBecky Gollingssaid.
With storm season running from October to March and the weather bureau indicating more rain and storms to come, the SES want people to get prepared.
Residents can prevent unnecessary damage by trimming tree branches near their buildings that could fall duringa storm. Cleaning out yourgutters and downpipes can also help stop water from backing up and flowing into yourhome, which can cause ceilings to collapse.
“Tying down outside furniture, especially trampolines or putting things away when there is a several weather warning can help prevent damage,” Ms Gollings said.
She also recommends putting your car undercover or away from things that may causedamage.
“Prevention is better than a cure.”
Further research conducted by NRMA Insurancerevealed that only one in fourAustralians had taken action to prepare their home for storm season.
In addition, the majority did not have an emergency kit readyor an emergency plan in placefor storms or floods. One in twohad not checked their insurance cover in the last 12 months.
“We have just experienced the third wettest winter on record for NSW and thousands of residents have experienced storm damage to their home or business,” said Ramana James, Head of Shared Value for NRMA Insurance.
“Last storm season NSW SES volunteers responded to more than 19,000 storm related calls for assistance, however many of these could have been prevented if residents were better prepared and had an emergency plan in place,” said NSW SES Acting Commissioner Greg Newton.
“Safety measures like preparing your home and an emergency kit, as well as an evacuation plan are very simple, but incredibly effective. Getting ready for storm season now will help to limit the amount of damage and injury suffered in storms,” Mr Newton said.
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