The summer months is the peak danger time for bushfires, heatwaves, floods, tropical cyclones, and severe thunderstorms in Australia.
All indications are the weather this summer will be wetter and maybe even a bit cooler than usual due to the La Nina climate driver in the eastern states.
La Nina also means an increase in the likelihood of severe floods and cyclones.
For Strata Communities there are many things that can be done to mitigate against potential disasters and create a safe community environment
We’ve put together some practical tips to help you reduce your risk for the summer ahead.
Top Tips for Storm Preparation:
- Organise maintenance checks from a qualified tradespersons to fix any broken items such as glass windows and door locks.
- Ensure your roof and gutters are in good condition and arrange for the repair of any loose tiles, eaves or roof screws.
- Clear the gutters and rubbish around your property regularly.
- Ensure that any trees overhanging your property are well maintained and trimmed clear of the building.
- Identify where and how to turn off the mains supply for water, power and gas.
- Secure all loose items in common areas and outside your property including garden furniture, umbrellas, sheds and children’s cubby houses.
- Prepare an emergency kit that includes things like first aid supplies, torch, battery operated radio, important documents and medicines.
- Subscribe to local alerts like and warning systems like BOM to allow you to stay up-to-date with expert information and advice
- Review insurances policies to ensure your cover is adequate. If your property has not had a recent insurance valuation it might be a good time to get one done.
- Help your neighbours– The best support during a disaster is your neighbours. Give them a hand getting storm ready and when bad weather strikes, it’s important to be able to advise emergency services personnel on who lives next door.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER DISATER STRIKES
Once the danger has passed, strata committees or their representatives should conduct a thorough inspection of all public areas on the property. A comprehensive report should be compiled, no matter how minor the damage.
The report should detail:
- Date and time
- The adverse weather conditions
- Damage caused by the weather event
- Take photos of the damage before repairs commence
- Previous condition of damaged area of the property
- History of maintenance or upkeep if applicable
- Any immediate rectification required and undertaken
- Expert assessments
- Plans for future repairs
- Mitigation strategies that have been put in place or will be put in place to prevent further damage.
The more detailed and extensive the report is, the easier it will be for insurers to advise on the potential recovery of costs to remedy the damage.
Strata communities face unique considerations when it comes to things like storm/flood preparedness and insurance claims. Understanding body corporate and individual responsibilities will help stop potential damages and unnecessary repair costs to their property and common areas.
It is vital that bodies corporate and their communities are ready and adequately equipped to deal with the testing conditions that the wild weather can bring.
Be Prepared and Stay Safe this Summer
Don’t forget in an emergency situation call:
- Flood/Storm/Bushfire Emergency – call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500
- Life Threatening Emergency – call 000
- Non-Emergency SES Enquiries – click here
For further information on disaster preparation check out some of our previous blog articles: