Pre­pare your car be­fore storm sea­son this sum­mer

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

Gen­eral prepa­ra­tions

En­sure your car in­sur­ance is cur­rent and that it cov­ers your as­sets ad­e­quately.

Have a spare sup­ply of fuel for use in your ve­hi­cle to get you to the near­est fuel out­let (en­sure you store fuel safely in an ap­pro­pri­ate con­tainer).

Pur­chase wide mask­ing tape for car win­dows.

Store blan­kets or a hail cover in your car.

Keep bot­tled wa­ter and dry food/ snacks in your car if you are caught away from home.

Garage main­te­nance

Ar­range a pro­fes­sional builder to check your garage and iden­tify mea­sures to in­crease its struc­tural se­cu­rity to with­stand high winds.

Check the con­di­tion of the roof and re­pair loose tiles, eaves and screws.

Clean gut­ters and down­pipes so wa­ter can drain away as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Trim trees and over­hang­ing branches.

Se­cure loose items that could cause dam­age if blown around in high winds.

If you don’t have a garage

Iden­tify nearby places where you can park your car dur­ing an emer­gency.

Your back-up park­ing should be solid, well-con­structed and above po­ten­tial flood lev­els.

Check your street and sub­urb for flood-prone ar­eas.

When se­vere weather warn­ings are is­sued

Park ve­hi­cles un­der cover, away from trees, pow­er­lines and wa­ter­ways.

If you can­not ac­cess un­der­cover shel­ter for your ve­hi­cles, firmly se­cure blan­kets or quilts to them to min­imise hail dam­age.

If you are stuck in traf­fic

Keep a mo­bile charger in your car.

Place books and/or DVDs in your car to en­ter­tain the fam­ily.

Lis­ten to your lo­cal ABC ra­dio sta­tion for weather up­dates and road clo­sures. If it’s flooded, for­get it. The best time to pre­pare your car is be­fore a storm and cy­clone oc­curs.

Com­plet­ing the list of sug­gested tasks on this fact sheet will help you to pre­pare your car and prop­erty to min­imise po­ten­tial dam­age.

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