What does the La Niña effect mean for you this summer?
Australia is well known for its severe weather conditions, from bushfires to flash flooding. But what exactly is this summer’s La Niña event, and how can you and your customers prepare if an extreme weather event occurs?
What is La Niña?
Unfortunately, La Niña also brings torrential rain, floods, and cyclones, all of which can negatively impact on businesses and communities.
On 23rd November 2021, the Bureau of Meteorology announced that “The current model outlooks suggest this La Niña will persist until the late southern hemisphere summer or early autumn 2022.”
What can you do to prepare for La Niña this summer?
If you are a property owner, you should be aware of the steps that you can take to prevent and reduce the risk of any damage La Niña can trigger.
Some key points to keep in mind when preparing for the La Niña season:
- Have regular building inspections and follow the recommendations of the experts.
- Roof and gutter maintenance should be prioritised to ensure a good water flow.
- Place stock and electrical equipment somewhere higher than the recommended level if you own a business. For a home, that could mean moving important documents or objects on the higher shelves.
- Develop an evacuation plan for your business and employees, or for your home and family.
- Trim overhanging tree branches.
- Secure loose items, especially in the backyard, to prevent them from flying if the wind becomes stronger and avoid the possibility of the objects damaging your property
Our support for La Niña
If you have taken the steps above, you have helped to minimise the risk of damage happening to your property.
However, catastrophic events can be unpredictable and can still cause damage no matter what precautions are taken. Claim Central are ready and able to assist with La Niña impacted residential properties. Our team of frontline staff, property assessors, make safe trades, repair trades, restorers, and engineers are ready to be deployed to the affected areas to attend to customers’ properties.
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