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How To Prepare For A Cyclone

The essential cyclone checklist

Queensland may be the Sunshine State — but the truth is, it’s Australia’s most disaster-prone state. In fact, since 2011, Queensland has been hit by more than 80 natural disasters or significant weather events. Our unpredictable weather can make homes and communities vulnerable when the elements take a turn.

One kind of natural disaster that Queensland often experiences during storm season is cyclones. According to Get Ready Queensland, communities within 50 kilometres of the coastline heading north from Bundaberg are most susceptible to cyclones, however accompanying wind and rain from weakening cyclones can affect communities throughout all parts of Queensland.

To help you prepare for a cyclone or cyclone-related event, we’ve put together a checklist. Here’s an example of some steps you should take:

  • Identify where to shelter in your home – usually your bathroom or laundry is best.
  • Secure indoor and outdoor items, in case they cause either internal or external damage should your home be affected.
  • Make sure your emergency kit is updated and nearby.
  • Check that your roof is in the best possible condition, as high winds can cause incredible damage.
  • Know the best sources to turn to if a storm warning is given. The SES is a great resource, as they will communicate frequently during an event.
 

For more checklist items to consider, download our free version here. Also take a look at the Get Ready Queensland page dedicated to cyclone preparation.

There are also advances in building and development that can help reduce the damage from cyclones to your home. You can find out more by exploring Resilience Road here.

Do your research

Knowing how to respond to a cyclone warning could be the difference between disaster and the survival of your home. It’s important to stay on top of updates during peak cyclone season, and to be across risks — these might be different for every Queenslander.

Start by getting in touch with your local council. They’ll be able to tell you if the property you are living in is at risk. This information is important for planning ahead. When a major event hits, your family’s safety comes first. Contact 000 in an emergency and visit Queensland Disaster Management for current local and state emergency alerts.

Make the most of your insurance

Our Cyclone Resilience Benefit is for eligible* customers in North Queensland. Suncorp Home or Landlord Insurance policyholders with an insured address in north of the Tropic of Capricorn and within 100km of the coast, can reduce their property’s risk of damage by undertaking improvements to your roof, windows, doors, shed, as well as cyclone preparation in general and could save hundreds on insurance premiums each year. Conditions apply.

Read for more details, and to find out if you’re an eligible customer, here.

*Available in eligible locations only. Contact us on 13 11 55 to find out if you are eligible. The building and mitigation features that may contribute to any reduction of your Suncorp home or landlord insurance premium are at our discretion. Conditions apply.

Insurance issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as Suncorp Insurance. Read the Product Disclosure Statement before buying this insurance. This information is intended to be of a general nature only and has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situations or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it. We do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.

The information is intended to be of a general nature only. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.

The essential cyclone checklist

AUTHOR:

Suncorp

DATE: 

March 17, 2022

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