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
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.