Queenslanders, do you have a What if… Plan? What if floodwaters damaged your home? What if a fire destroyed your property? Nobody likes thinking about scenarios like these, but preparing for an emergency situation in the future could prevent damage to your home.
Here in Queensland, experts predict the total economic cost of natural disasters could exceed $10 billion by the year 2025. The bulk of this cost will likely be property damage, ranging from damaged rooftops to smashed windows.
If you own a property, it’s a good idea to think about the “What ifs” and disaster-proof your home before it’s too late. Not only will you improve the safety of your family, but you could increase the value of your property significantly. Here are five natural disasters you need to prepare for…
North Queensland experienced a catastrophic flood last year, which killed more than 600,000 cattle and damaged thousands of properties. Going forward, here are some of the ways you can flood-proof your home:
- Evaluate the risk of floods impacting your home by visiting the Australian Flood Information Portal, where you can access flood maps and flood studies in your local community.
- Gravel or brick driveways are much more effective than concrete or asphalt driveways in managing heavy rain and floodwater.
- Invest in good flood insurance, which provides you with a financial safeguard in the event of a flood.
- Elevate air conditioning units and boilers located at low levels in your home as these are at risk of flood damage.
- Talk to your local government officials about installing flood defenses in your area. You can find a list of contacts here.
Bushfires devastated many parts of Queensland last year and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property damage. Here’s how to protect your home in the future:
- Prepare for potential bushfire damage by reviewing current fires that are impacting Queensland here.
- Clean the gutters in your home. Debris in gutters can catch fire, especially during extremely dry Queensland summers.
- Apply fire-retardant chemical sprays to the structural components of your home as these create a barrier between a possible fire and your property.
Cyclones can cause excessive property damage. Here’s how to keep your home safe:
- Create an emergency kitand keep it in a safe place in your home. Your kit should include first aid supplies and a battery-operated radio, just in case you lose communications.
- Make sure the structural components of your home are strong enough to withstand a cyclone.
- Cover your doors and windows with wood to prevent them from smashing.
Queensland often experiences strong storms. Last year, a severe storm in South East Queensland brought giant hailstones and devastating winds. Here’s what you should do when it happens again:
- Make sure the components of your home are storm-resistant.
- Add storm shutters to your property.
- Divert stormwater from your home by placing sandbags outside of exterior doors.
#5. Excessive Heat
2019 was the hottest year yet in Brisbane, while many other communities in Queensland beat all-time heat records. Here’s how to beat the heat:
- Invest in a good air conditioning unit that keeps you and your family cool.
- Cover cold water pipes with insulation jackets to prevent damage.
- Use a UV-resistant finish on treated and untreated exterior wood surfaces.
If your home or community is at high risk of a flood, fire, cyclone, storm, or excessive heat, you might want to relocate. Choose an estate agent who will get the best price for your home and help you find the property of your dreams. Click here to find out more!