Safety and Security Tips

At GIO, we want to help protect your way of life, every day. To explore how to better protect yourself and your family, click on the below tabs.

Storm Safety

Severe storms are often unpredictable. They can produce damaging winds, hail, lightening and flash floods which can cause major damage to property as well as serious injury and even loss of life.

Here are some simple tips to help stay safe and reduce the potential damage to your property during a severe storm. 

Preparing for a severe storm

You can do these things now to prepare your home for a severe storm:

Prepare an Emergency Kit. This should include essential items that may be needed if you lose power or if you need to leave your home in an emergency. Include items such as a portable radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, essential medication, important documents, mobile phone and car phone charger.

Regularly check and maintain the condition of your roof, guttering etc.

Keep gutters and downpipes clear so water can drain.

Trim trees and branches that are too close to your house.

Clean garden debris and identify loose objects, such as toys, garden tools and outdoor furniture, that could blow around in strong winds. These items will need to be put away or secured if a storm approaches.

Ensure your vehicle is in good working order.

If you receive a warning for your area, charge your mobile battery and fill up the car if possible.

As a severe storm approaches

Charge your mobile phone

Place items such as medication and valuables in your Emergency Kit and keep it handy

Put away or secure any loose objects in your yard and on your balcony

Move vehicles undercover, or if not possible, cover them with firmly tied tarpaulins or blankets

Shelter and secure pets and animals

Secure all external doors and windows and draw curtains and blinds

Listen to your local radio station for official storm warnings

Check for neighbours who may need assistance

During a severe storm

Stay indoors, clear of windows, doors and skylights

If you are outdoors and can’t get to a safe building, or if you are in a vehicle, avoid high ground and try to find shelter away from tall, isolated trees, watercourses, power lines and metal constructions such as fences and picnic shelters. 

If you are driving, put your hazard lights on and pull over to the side of the road where safe. Never drive through floodwater.

Avoid using landlines phones and other electrical devices during a storm

Do not have a bath, shower or use plumbing during a storm

Listen to your local radio station for storm updates

After a severe storm

Keep listening to your local radio station for official storm updates

Check your windows, walls and or roof for damage

Stay clear of watercourses, damaged buildings, fallen trees and fallen power lines

Check whether your neighbours need your help

Do not go sight-seeing

This information is general in nature and is intended only as a guide.