Preparing for another season of La Nina

Heavy rainfall

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With many communities still mopping up from 2022, it’s no comfort to hear La Nina will be hanging around for yet another season of tropical storms and above-average rainfall.

Now on its third consecutive year, this weather pattern is predicted to impact the northern and eastern parts of Australia, before a proposed return to neutral ENSO in January or February of 2023.

While this article focuses on preparing your body corporate scheme for the soggy months ahead, if you’d like to understand more about ENSO, La Nina and El Nino, check out this great video from the Bureau of Meteorology below.

How can we prepare for storm season?

While we can’t change the weather patterns, we can be prepared, so here are our top tips for being storm-ready in a body corporate scheme.

If you're going away

  • Storm-secure your property before you go.
  • Let a trusted neighbour know your travel dates and leave a spare key with a relative or friend.
  • Ask a neighbour to check your switchboard or alert you if there is a blackout. The last thing you want to return to is a fridge full of spoiled food!

General preparation

  • If your property is prone to water ingress during heavy or consistent periods of rain, have resources like sandbags and tarps on hand. These can be used to build an ad-hoc barrier or divert water away from your property.
  • Consider a portable power station or bank. If you lose power, at worst, you’ll still be able to charge your phone.
  • Identify and remove any loose objects on your balcony or in your yard that could potentially turn into dangerous missiles during a storm.
  • If you have an electric garage door, learn how to manually override this in case you lose power while your car is inside

Townhouse storm preparation

  • Check and clean your roof, gutters and downpipes.
  • Clean any drains within your courtyard or yard to allow water to flow away as efficiently as possible.
  • Check the condition of any large trees on your property. Remove dead branches that could potentially cause damage within a storm.

Apartment storm preparation

  • Ensure any drainage on your balcony or patio is free and clear
  • If you spot any potential roof issues, like broken downpipes, cracked tiles or blocked gutters, send a photo through to your caretaker or body corporate
  • Take any light-weight balcony items inside at the sign of a storm, or if you are going away
  • If you have a basement storage cage, do a self-audit and
      • Raise items off the concrete floor and onto plastic risers
      • Utilise plastic tubs for the protection of your belongings
  • Where possible, keep car parking areas clear of belongings to deter thieves and prevent possible storm damage

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