Buderim most hit by storms
Weather costs state $660m annually
NEW statistics have revealed Buderim is the third most affected suburb in the state for insurance claims when battered by storms.
Research conducted by NRMA Insurance shows that 12 per cent of all claims came from the Coast, just trailing southeast and north Brisbane.
It is storm activity like this that costs the state more than $660 million each year.
The new behavioural research also shows a large portion of the state are not making their homes storm safe.
NRMA Insurance executive general manager Ramana James said it was concerning that people were still underestimating the impact storms coud have.
“Together with the Queensland SES, we’re urging everyone, whether you live in an apartment in a city or a house in a regional area, to take the time now to prepare for storm season,” Ms James said.
“While the effects of the drought in some parts of
Queensland have been well documented, it’s important people do not view the looming storm season as drought relief.
“Rain events and storm events are very different. Storms feature short, heavy bursts of rain that can cause flash flooding, as well as violent winds and lightning strikes that can leave a trail of destruction in their place.
“While severe weather can strike at any time, storm season sees the likelihood of storms increase so little acts like trimming branches, clearing your gutters and securing loose items in your garden or balcony can make a big difference when severe weather strikes.”
The NRMA Insurance research also reveals that while the clear majority (91 per cent) of Queenslanders say they believe they can quickly evacuate their home in an emergency, only 42 per cent have an emergency plan.
Even less (36 per cent) have an emergency kit at home.
“Storm and cyclone season is an extremely busy time for QFES, especially our SES volunteers who are called to assist communities across the state,” QFES assistant commissioner Peter Jeffrey said.
“Last year’s storm and cyclone season saw more than 5400 tasks completed by our SES volunteers, from trees down to structural damage.
“Storms can hit anywhere, with very little notice, and cause extensive damage. Preparing is the only way to limit the impact of a storm before it hits.
“Take time to clean up around your home, ensuring gutters and drains are clear of debris, move or tie down any loose objects in your yard, and ensure you have created an emergency kit including important items such as non-perishable food, bottled water, a first aid kit, torch and batterypowered radio.”
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