Why you want to be pre­pared in case dis­as­ter strikes

Be­ing pre­pared en­sures if the worst does hap­pen you’ll be cov­ered, writes Chelsea Clark

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Un­for­tu­nately it just wouldn’t be an Aus­tralian sum­mer with­out news re­ports of bush­fires, flood­ing and dev­as­tat­ing storms hap­pen­ing some­where in our vast coun­try.

It seems mother na­ture can be at her most de­struc­tive just when we’re all ready for a re­lax­ing start to the new year af­ter the busy­ness of Christ­mas and the school hol­i­day fun of Jan­uary.

And while there’s noth­ing we can do to con­trol the weather or pre­dict where the next fire, flood or storm will hit, there is plenty we can do to en­sure we are pre­pared and cov­ered in the event that the worst should hap­pen.

Places most likely

Ac­cord­ing to the NSW State Emer­gency Ser­vice, we are all vul­ner­a­ble — espe­cially to storm dam­age.

In fact the SES says storms are the most costly nat­u­ral dis­as­ter to af­fect NSW, caus­ing an es­ti­mated av­er­age of $217 mil­lion dam­age an­nu­ally.

Se­vere thun­der­storms are the most com­mon and most dam­ag­ing types of storms in NSW, ac­count­ing for the great bulk of the to­tal cost of dam­age.

In terms of pre­dic­tions for the com­ing months, while the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy pre­dicts be­low-av­er­age rain­fall in parts of east­ern Aus­tralia, we have also seen warmer days and nights mean­ing an in­creased bush­fire risk.

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