With some significant storms hitting the region over the past few weeks, it is a timely reminder that the summer storm season is fast approaching. Whether you are an owner, tenant, or committee member there are some things to consider now to save a lot of potential trouble when the next storm hits. It is also important to understand your obligations well in advance of the storm season.
Here are Capitol’s tips to ensure you are prepared prior to the storm season:
- Report any maintenance concerns to Capitol (roof leaks, guttering, overhanging trees)
- Ensure common areas remain clean, limiting potential debris and allowing a safe emergency exit path
- Ensure evacuation procedures and signage are up to date
- Prepare an emergency tool kit (torch, mobile phone, car charger, candles)
- Register for your local ‘early warning’ weather alerts with your local Council
- Check drainage is clear and flowing, particularly for low lying areas and basements.
- Check your contents insurance. Remember that body corporate insurance does not cover your personal contents.
In the event of a storm:
- Secure all loose items such as garden chairs, umbrellas, pot plants etc
- Do not park vehicles in low lying areas
- Stay aware of weather condition reports and evacuation notices
After the storm – avoid flooded areas and fallen power lines, and assess any damages. Notify your Community Relationship Manager as soon as possible of any damage. To streamline repairs, send an email with photos of the damage.
Taking these precautions now could reduce damage and financial loss, and help to keep you and your neighbours safe.
Some helpful links to get you storm prepared.
Capitol – Community Relationship Managers
Click here to access the direct contact details for all of our managers
Capitol – Emergency maintenance phone
Call us on 0431 149 772 if you have an emergency maintenance issue outside of business hours.
Capitol – Insurance information
Click here to visit our Resource Centre to find out what is covered by and excluded from body corporate insurance.
Local Council websites
Queensland storm resources