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Preparing for a natural disaster

Be prepared for an emergency

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Take these steps to protect your home and belongings before disaster strikes.

Know your disaster risks

To find out if your home is in a natural disaster prone area, contact:

Ask them about flood mapping, historical flood records, and the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) of your home. If you contact your council, ask them whether your house meets natural disaster standards.

There are steps you can take steps to help protect your property from the risk of disaster. See the Insurance Council of Australia site for ways to reduce your risk.

Check if you're underinsured

You're underinsured if your insurance doesn't cover all the costs of rebuilding your home or replacing its contents.

The market value of your home might not be enough to pay for a rebuild. The costs to rebuild after a natural disaster can increase due to:

Use a home insurance calculator to work out your rebuilding costs. Find a calculator that asks lots of details about your home. This may include if it's built on a slope, the quality of fittings and age of the home.

Check if your insurer offers a 'safety net' on your policy. This means they add up to 30% to your sum-insured amount in the event of a total loss.

See Storm, flood and fire insurance to check if you have enough insurance to rebuild and repair your home.

Securely store important documents

Protect important originals

Place important documents and records in a fire resistant, waterproof safe at home or in a safe deposit box. These may include:

Keep electronic copies

Scan or take photos of important documents. Store these files on:

Make an emergency plan

Take time to plan what your household will do in an emergency. This may include where to get information, when to evacuate and what to pack.

Resources to help you plan and prepare

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