If you live in an area that’s at risk for cyclones or cyclonic weather patterns, having your home prepared in advance can only help. It only takes a few changes to get started with making your home safer.
Having a clean and clear front and back yard isn’t just good for the look and feel of your home; it can also help you keep safe should a storm or cyclone hit. Seemingly innocent items like play equipment and trampolines can become dangerous projectiles when winds pick up.
Smart outdoor storage can help minimise this threat. Here’s what to know:
A way to start storm-proofing your home may be to invest in secure storage. You can help protect your home, neighbourhood, and the safety of others by ensuring any loose items are carefully concealed before a high-wind event.
Outdoor storage might be a great option because you can act quickly and put items away as soon as a weather warning is announced for your area. Not only can this be easier for you to pack and unpack, but it will also save you from objects becoming harmful projectiles during a storm.
You need to ensure that your shed can withstand the storm. If you already have a shed or similar structure in place check that it is in good condition and doesn’t have rust or rot and all the structural tie-downs are correctly installed. If you are thinking of installing a shed, make sure it complies with your building regulations and is designed for the wind speeds in your area. A “Shedsafe” accredited product can be a good place to start.
In the case of One House, a core-filled block perimeter wall is used as an outdoor storage solution. This kind of masonry has many benefits, but the reinforcing in the walls give the strength for high-wind regions.
Engineered to be a strong material for reinforcement, these blocks make walls sturdy and extremely durable to help keep your belongings safe – and safe for everyone else.
The information is intended to be of a general nature only. Subject to any rights you may have under any law, we do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss or damage, including loss of business or profits or any other indirect loss, incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.
From the simple to the complex, see which upgrades can help better protect your home.
Natural hazard resilience has long been a focus for Suncorp, with many other initiatives both existing and in progress. Suncorp Insurance’s Cyclone Resilience Benefit was introduced in 2016 and is available for eligible Home Insurance customers in North Queensland. Customers who undertake eligible upgrades to their home’s cyclone readiness may get a reduction on their Suncorp Home Insurance premium4.
An Australian first for Home Insurance. It’s our commitment to help create more resilient homes. It means that if your home is substantially damaged, we’ll rebuild it stronger with recommended resilience options up to $10,000, in addition to your sum insured, all designed to help withstand severe weather5.
Helping build a more resilient Queensland together.