NRMA warns locals to prepare for looming storm season

The Central Coast was the fourth most affected region in NSW during last storm season

Terrigal was the most affected suburb on the Central Coast during last year’s storm season, according to new statistics from the NRMA.

Residents are being warned to get their homes prepared with heavy rains predicted for the Central Coast through to the end of summer thanks to La Nina.

NRMA Insurance claims for the 2019-20 financial year show that the Central Coast was the fourth most impacted region in the state with more than half of home claims made during the year due to storm damage.

NRMA Insurance said community research conducted in October this year revealed that 62 per cent of NSW residents are worried severe weather such as storms are becoming more frequent and intense, with 85 per cent claiming they are experiencing “storm stress”, yet only 35 per cent have taken steps to prepare.

NRMA Insurance is partnering with the NSW SES in a bid to encourage residents to prepare for storms early.

“With Australia currently experiencing a La Niña weather system, we could see more severe storms and more intense rain hitting NSW throughout storm season this year,” NRMA Insurance Executive General Manager Claims, Luke Gallagher said.

“The fact that over a million households in NSW may not be prepared for severe weather and dangerous storms this summer is a major concern.

“We urge residents to get ready for storms by clearing their gutters and downpipes.

“Gutters are one of the first parts of your home to flood in a storm so taking time now to prepare could make a big difference when a storm hits.”

NSW SES Commissioner, Carlene York, said severe weather can happen at any time, so readiness is crucial.

“Our volunteers are always ready to spring into action and help when needed,” York said.

“But it is equally important that communities do their part to make sure they themselves are prepared.

“Simple steps like removing loose items from your front and back yards, keeping cars away from trees and powerlines, or undercover where possible, and being equipped with an emergency kit can make all the difference.”

The top 10 most impacted suburbs in the region last storm season were Terrigal, Berkeley Vale, Umina Beach, Bateau Bay, Wyoming, Narara, Wamberal, Green Point, Avoca Beach and Tumbi Umbi.

Media release, Oct 30
NRMA Insurance