We at Storm Assist are here to help and have gathered some basic and practical tips to help you through the recovery process as fast and effectively as possible.
1. Seek approval before returning to your home or business
Your safety and that of your loved ones should be your number one priority at every stage of the recovery process. Go back to your property only when the emergency service providers have declared it is safe to do so, and even if this is the case, be sure to return only when you are certain there are no further risks.
2. Be Cautious of potential hazards at home
When returning to your property after a storm, ensure the gas and electricity is off before entering the house. If you have to use light, then use a torch until you are sure there’s no gas leakage around. When returning to your home after a flood, confirm first thing that your power and all electrical appliances are turned off until they have been checked and approved for use by a professional electrician or technician. Also confirm your smoke detectors are still functional.
3. Be there for your neighbours
It’s always good to feel part of your community especially during times of extreme weather. When it’s safe to do so, go to the next door and check how your neighbours are doing and whether they need any help. Are they strangers to you? Now is the perfect time to get to introduce yourselves to each other. Community clean-ups are also a nice way to connect and share experiences with your neighbours. Afterwards, you can chat over a cup of coffee as you recount the events of the bad weather—you’ll certainly recover better together.
4. Stay connected
Community connections are a great way to improve health and general wellbeing. It’s also an amazing way to boost the confidence and self-reliance amongst communities while ensuring safety, risk mitigation and improved sense of belonging. Strengthening these connections helps to make the community more prepared for future weather perils.
5. Wear gloves and a mask during clean-up
Flood waters come with lots of contaminants. Always wear a mask, gloves and strong rubber boots to protect yourself during a clean-up process.
Avoid eating foods from floodwaters and throw away any perishable items if your power has been cut off for quite some time. Also, boil tap water until emergency service crews declare it safe for use.
6. Stay in the know
This is becoming aware of where you can help when in distress. For example, organisations like the Red Cross provides shelter and outreach services and the Orange Sky Laundry, a mobile laundry service—both of which offer help to those in need. Those in need of confidential emotional or crisis support can reach out to Lifeline any time of day and night via 13 11 14.
The information contained in this article is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs, objectives or circumstances into consideration, and is not financial advice, legal advice or otherwise a recommendation to purchase any financial product or insurance policy. You should seek your own independent financial advice from a qualified financial and insurance adviser before making any financial decisions, and seek your own independent legal advice from a qualified solicitor before making any decisions of a legal nature.