Specialist insurer, NTI is urging businesses to take a proactive approach to protecting their people and their assets this coming storm and cyclone season.
NTI’s CEO, Tony Clark said, “Weather is out of all of our control, so we are working with customers to promote the importance of having an extreme weather plan in place.”
Business owners have been reminded to have a plan for protecting their people, premises and equipment in the event of a storm or cyclone, to minimise potential downtime and loss of income.
“When it comes to protecting your employees and your livelihood, there is no such thing as being over cautious or over prepared,” said Clark.
Bureau of Meteorology’s cyclone outlook states that a typical number of tropical cyclones are likely to form in the Australian region this season.
The season, which runs from November to April, typically sees between 10 and 13 cyclones in Australian waters, with around four of these crossing the coast. Australia has always seen at least one tropical cyclone cross the coast each season.
Insurance brokers can advice their clients that planning ahead can be as simple as:
- Distributing an emergency contact list and details of storm preparation plans to all employees;
- Preparing emergency packs which include a torch & battery pack, food, first aid kit, clean water and a radio;
- Keeping surroundings tidy and, in the lead up to a weather event, ensuring outdoor items are stored inside if space permits, or are well secured outside;
- Making sure vehicles and/or equipment are undercover or in a protected location to prevent damage from hail and wind.
NTI has advised that brokers needing to make a claim due to a weather event should contact NTI via the NTI Accident Assist (1800 NTI NOW) service. This will allow the claim to be actioned as quickly as possible, without the need for paperwork.