Storm season prompts NRMA warning

New stats show Coast heavily affected.

Storm season prompts NRMA warning Coastal erosion at Wamberal.

NRMA Insurance and the NSW SES are urging us to prepare our homes for storm season, with new research revealing the Coast is one of the regions most heavily affected by storms in NSW.

The insurer's 2016/17 storm claims report shows the Gosford and Wyong areas were the ninth-most storm affected in the past financial year, accounting for 3% of all claims made to NRMA.

While the 10 most storm affected suburbs are:
  1. Berkeley Vale
  2. Terrigal
  3. Bateau Bay
  4. Wamberal
  5. Tumbi Umbi
  6. Wyoming
  7. Killarney Vale
  8. Ourimbah
  9. Lake Munmorah
  10. Woy Woy

Spokesperson, Ramana James says many homeowners remain unprepared for storms, and should be taking steps now.

“Despite NSW experiencing its driest September on record, October marks the start of storm season and we have already seen severe storms strike many parts of the state.

“Severe weather can strike at any time and preparation is key to limiting damage. Little acts like trimming branches, clearing your gutters and securing loose items in your garden or balcony can make a big difference when severe weather strikes.”

The research conducted by NRMA Insurance also revealed that only one in five (21%) of NSW residents regularly maintain their home in case a storm hits. In addition, only a third (33%) have an emergency plan, and even less (31%) have an emergency kit ready in case they need to quickly evacuate their home.

“During the last storm season, NSW SES volunteers responded to over 20,000 storm and flood related calls for assistance, however many of these could have been prevented,” NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst said.

“People can be proactive now by preparing their homes, having an emergency kit ready and making an emergency plan. These steps are very simple, but incredibly effective in helping prevent injury and damage during storms.

The official storm season has already begun, and runs through until March next year.