Tenant’s Guide: Preparing for Storm Season in South-East Queensland.
South-East Queensland is known for its stunning coastline, vibrant cities, and a climate that can switch from sunny to stormy in the blink of an eye. In this blog, our property managers will discuss how tenants in South-East Queensland can ready themselves for the storm season, minimise damage to their homes, and stay safe during severe weather events.
1. Stay Informed
First and foremost, tenants should stay informed about weather forecasts and warnings. Utilise weather apps, subscribe to emergency alerts and keep an eye on local news and the Bureau of Meteorology’s updates. Being aware of approaching storms and their severity allows you to take necessary precautions well in advance.
2. Secure Outdoor Items
Outdoor furniture, plants, and other items can turn into projectiles during strong winds. Before the storm season hits, secure or store these items to prevent damage to the property or neighbouring homes.
3. Check Windows and Doors
Ensure that the seals around windows and doors are waterproof and weather-tight. Leaks during heavy rains can damage your belongings and your living space. Report any issues to your property manager promptly so they can be fixed before the storm season arrives.
4. Prepare an Emergency Kit
Ensure you have an emergency kit on hand, which should include essential items like torches, batteries, a portable phone charger, bottled water, a first-aid kit, and vital medications. In case of a power outage or other emergencies, having these supplies readily available is crucial.
5. Monitor and Report Roof Issues
If you notice loose or missing tiles on your roof, report them to your property manager immediately. Even minor roofing issues can lead to significant problems during heavy rains.
6. Address Drainage Problems
Blocked or damaged gutters, downpipes, and drains can lead to water ingress and flooding. Inform your property manager if you notice any drainage issues and report to maintenance to prevent storm-related water damage.
7. Backup Power Source
In South-East Queensland, power outages are not uncommon during storms. If possible, consider investing in a backup power source, such as a small generator or power bank. This can help keep essential equipment running, such as phone chargers, during a power outage.
8. Know Your Insurance
Review your tenant insurance policy to understand what it covers in case of storm damage. Ensure that it adequately protects your personal belongings and provides content coverage.
As the storm season approaches in South-East Queensland, tenants should be proactive in preparing for severe weather events. By staying informed, securing outdoor items, and taking the necessary precautions, you can minimise damage to the property and ensure your safety.Tenants play a crucial role in storm preparedness, and by following these steps, you can enjoy peace of mind during the storm season, knowing that you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature may bring.
For more insights or general advice regarding your property needs, get in touch with Image Property today.
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