Help elderly neighbours prepare for wet season
■ Pilbara residents are being urged to pull up their sleeves and lend a hand to elderly neighbours in preparing their homes for the wet season.
Research by the Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency suggests fewer than half of over-50s living in areas of risk are adequately prepared and only a quarter had modified their homes to protect against summer storms and cyclones
APIA spokeswoman Angela Wilkinson said the statistics were concerning but not unexpected.
“We know that some maintenance tasks around the home get more difficult or dangerous as you age, such as checking the roof tiles or clearing gutters and some of these important pre-season tasks can get put to one side as a result,” she said.
“So we are urging people to think of their older family, friends and neighbours in the community and help them in their storm and bushfire season preparations.
“If you have an older neighbour who lives at home by themselves, or know of someone in the community who may need some assistance, knock on their door or give them a call to make sure they are prepared.”
Ms Wilkinson said help could be something as simple as clearing your neighbours gutters or helping to trim back overhanging trees.