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Storm house: Check the structural integrity of your home

Check the structural integrity of your home and its ability to withstand high winds, particularly if your home was built before 1981

Storm house: Check for leaks

Look out for water stains on walls and ceilings due to internal or external water leaks

Storm house: House exterior

Inspect your home’s exterior for any corrosion, rotten timber or loose fittings

Storm house: Outdoor equipment

Make sure your hot water system, rainwater tanks and other outdoor equipment are fixed securely

Storm house: Roof

Check your roof for any defects, holes and cracks where water can enter and damage internal ceilings

Storm rural: Livestock

Think about the potential impacts of storm on your livestock and assests and provide appropriate shelter during storms

Storm rural: Storing poisons

Store poisons and other farm items appropriately to reduce impacts of storms

Storm Rural: structural integrity

Check the structural integrity of sheds, housing over pumps, cattle yards and any other structure on your property

Storm rural: Secure outdoor equipment

Make sure your hot water system, rainwater tanks, pumps and other outdoor equipment are fixed securely

Storm apartment: Check your apartment block's exterior

Ask your property manager to check your apartment block’s exterior for any corrosion, rotten timber or loose fittings

Storm apartment: Roof condition

Ask your landlord or property manager to organise your roof to be checked for any defects, holes and cracks where water can enter and damage internal ceilings

Storm apartment: Mains power

Get together with your fellow tenants to plan and understand how to turn off mains power, water, gas, solar power. Find out who is responsible for this in the event of flooding and understand the procedures in your building.

Storm apartment: Keep building gutters clear

Speak to your fellow tenants, body corporate and property manager about whether gutters and downpipes are cleared regularly of leaves, twigs, bark and other debris. If necessary, request they be cleared more often.

Storm apartment: Structural integrity

Ask your property manager or landlord to check the structural integrity of your building and its ability to withstand high winds, particularly if your home was built before 1981

Storm apartment: Water leaks

Watch out for and report to the property manager any water stains on walls and ceilings due to internal or external water leaks.

Storm house: Keep trees and branches trimmed

Keep trees and overhanging branches surrounding your home trimmed to reduce the risk of damage to your car and home

Storm house: Maintain your yard

Keep your yard well maintained - clearing up any loose debris or objects

Storm house: Vehicles

Shelter vehicles or cover with blankets to minimize damage

Storm rural: windows and doors

Check that all windows and doors to storage sheds, your home or other structures close securely.

Know the strongest room

Identify the strongest room in your house that will be safe for shelter

Check the condition of your roof

Check your roof for any defects, holes and cracks where water can enter and damage internal ceilings

Storm house: Tarps and rope

Have tarps and ropes ready in the event of roof damage

Storm house: Check your garage door

Check your garage door or discuss with your building manager its strength to assess its ability to withstand strong wind and debris

Storm house: Mains

Learn how to turn off all mains including power, water, gas and solar power

Storm house: Gutters

Gutter cleaning is an essential part of protecting your roof and property from extreme weather, debris build up and pest infestation

Storm house: Elevate appliances

Elevate washer and dryer to protect from shallow water due to heavy rain

Retrofit: Lightning

Assess the risk that lightning poses to your property and protect you and your house

Retrofit: roof

Retrofit your roof to sustain heavy rain, strong winds and also hailstorms.

Retrofit: Plumbing

Install backflow valves to prevent sewage backflow on your house’s plumbing system in heavy rainfall

Retrofit: electrical

Raise electrical services and ensure service panels and meter boxes are water tight

Retrofit: gutters

Secure gutters and downpipes and ensure water is directed away from your home

Retrofit: garden

Plan your garden, landscaping and garden shed to withstand wind and rain

Retrofit: doors

Install door seals to protect against heavy rain and strong winds

Retrofit: trees

Keep an eye on trees that may pose a threat to your property or power lines.

Retrofit: backyard

Assess items in your backyard that could be blown in the wind and impact your house in severe storms

Retrofit: solar panels

Ensure your Solar Panels are installed to withstand the wind forces in your area

Retrofit: attached structures

Improve the resilience of verandas, porches and attached structures to withstand the uplift forces from the wind

Bring pets indoors

Bring pets indoors at the first sign of the storm. Animals, particularly dogs, can become disoriented and wander away from home during a disaster.

Blanket over cage

If you need to transport your pet in cold or stormy weather, place a blanket over your pet’s cage to help reduce the stress of traveling.

Horses: AVA storm guide

Use the Australian Veterinary Association: 'Keeping your horse safe in cyclones, storms and floods' pamphlet as a guide for building your horse disaster plan and emergency kit.

Chicken coop on a slope

Put your chicken coop on a slope so water won't pool under the coop. Ensure it has a slanted roof for shade and some rain protection.

Well-built chicken coop

Ensure your chicken coop is well-built and can withstand winds, rain and high heat days