Wild weather: NRMA Insurance reveals what to do to prepare for spring weather

Wild weather has accounted for almost two-thirds of all home and vehicle insurance claims this winter, a 13 per cent rise on the average for the season.

There have been 26,515 claims nationwide this winter for wild weather damage to homes and vehicles, making it the worst year since 2016.

Significant flooding on the NSW mid-north coast and the Hawkesbury and damaging winds striking southwest WA contributed to the unseasonal rise in claims.

New data from NRMA Insurance suggests less than 40 per cent of Australians were prepared for the wild weather of the last three months.

NRMA insurance meteorologist Bruce Buckley is warning Australians to get on top of preparations ahead of more wild weather forecasted for the warmer months.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted the rare collision of three weather systems will bring bursts of heavy rainfall and flash flooding through to early summer.

“The impacts of a changing climate means that wild weather can strike anywhere at any time, but taking a few small steps to both reduce our level of risk and prepare for how we will respond can make a big difference when it happens,” Dr Buckley said.

Top tips to wild-weather prep your home this spring

Water leaks

Clear your gutters and downpipes.

Wind damage

Secure outdoor items.

In the case of an emergency

Save and know the SES’ phone number (132 500).

Queenslanders are in the lead in preparing for wild weather, with almost half taking steps to prepare in the past three months. They are closely followed by NSW, while ACT residents say they feel the least prepared for wild weather.

When asked what holds them back from taking action to prepare, respondents said they didn’t have the time or know where to start.

Meanwhile, 42 per cent said they didn’t think their suburb would be impacted by wild weather.

Originally published as Insurance company’s warning to unprepared Aussies

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