Staying Safe in Wild Wind
With rain, storms and cyclones comes wind that can reach high speeds – toppling trees and flinging furniture. It’s important to prepare for high wind as early as possible, so you can get inside with plenty of time to spare. We’ve compiled a few tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe before, during and after wild wind.
Before high winds
- Listen to your local radio station and keep up to date with any civil defence and MetService updates.
- If any outdoor furniture (garbage bins, chairs and tables, umbrellas, BBQs, toys etc) can be brought inside, bring it in.
- For any large items like trampolines and portable swing sets, tie them down securely.
- Ensure pool and spa covers are secure.
- Trim or cut any loose or potentially dangerous branches near your home that could pose a risk if dislodged by wind.
- Have a household or business emergency plan and practice it regularly.
- Download the Red Cross Hazard App (available for free through the App Store and Google Play) for alerts, warnings, safety information and more.
During high winds
- Do not go outside or travel unless absolutely necessary.
- If you’re driving, slow down and remain alert, or pull over to a safe place – clear from anything that may fall on or damage the car.
- Close curtains to stop glass spreading if a window is shattered.
- Keep listening for updates.
After high winds
- Only go outside when you’re sure it’s safe to.
- Check on friends and neighbours to make sure they’re ok.
- Check with your local council and NZTA for updates on road closures or blockages.
- If any powerlines are down, clear the area (stay at least eight meters away) and call the emergency services or a local power provider. Treat any fallen power lines as live.
- Assess and take photos of any damage, and get in contact with your insurance company.
We hope you and your family remain safe and secure during wild wind and weather. If you need to contact us, give us a call on 0800 100 200, or chat to us on Facebook.