Good tidings eventuate from ill wind
HOMEOWNERS Brian and Tracy Thomas and children Celeste and Jack count themselves more fortunate than most when it comes surviving disaster.
Not only have they come through a freak tornado which tore the roof off their home but it has now been replaced and strengthened to current standards and paid for by insurance with their premiums having been reduced by $300 a year to recognise the work done.
“From a bad event, it’s turned out all right. It’s pretty good,” Mr Thomas said.
The Thomas’s experience has been raised by Suncorp as the kind of mitigation work which can improve the security of people and their homes as well as reduce their premiums.
More than 60 homes were damaged in the freak tornado which ripped through suburbs in Townsville four years ago.
The Thomas’s home has since been repaired with the roof structure upgraded including strapping of roof timbers and cyclone rods installed to connect the whole roof structure to the walls. Mr Thomas said they now felt more secure.
Cyclone Testing Station director David Henderson said recognition of roofs upgrades with lower premiums promoted a safer community.