Informed. Prepared. Together
  • Storms
    Strong winds can be devastating and cause extensive damage. Although violent gusts cannot always be predicted, a few preventive measures can limit the damage.
  • Always

    • Ensure that your roof is properly maintained and check that there are no loose tiles.

     

    • Check that your gutters are not clogged.

     

    • Periodically have the exterior of your chimney checked (risk of collapse).

     

    When a storm is forecast

    • Move anything that could be carried away by the wind inside if possible, or secure it, e.g. garden furniture, toys, trampoline.
       
    • Close windows and doors.
       
    • If the storm is accompanied by thunderstorms, unplug your computer(s), TV(s) and other electrical appliances.
       
    • Make sure your pets are indoors.

     

    Find out what you can by monitoring the media and following the recommendations of the authorities in case of a storm warning.

     

    Do not hesitate to help your neighbours if necessary.


     

     

    • If you are in an open space, never shelter under a tree in strong winds.
       
    • Stay indoors and only go outside if it is really necessary.

     

    If you absolutely must go out during a storm

    • Avoid touching electrical cables on the ground, because they may be live.

     

    If you need to travel

    • Always drive on primary roads and avoid routes through a forest.

     

    • Do not park your vehicle near trees.

     

    A storm may be accompanied by heavy rain and thunderstorms, in that case:

    • Avoid driving on roads that are under water.
       
    • Go inside the nearest building and never shelter under a tree.
       
    • Turn on the radio, television and other electrical appliances off.
       
    • Listen to the weather forecast via a battery-powered radio or your smartphone.

     

  • Your home

    • Has your roof been damaged? The emergency services can evaluate the need to temporarily cover certain damaged roofs with tarpaulins (short-term solution). Do not postpone repairing a damaged roof, to avoid having additional problems. Contact private building contractors urgently.

     

    • If the storm brought debris with it, check with your municipality to see if they have arranged collections.

     

    • Call 112 to report a blocked road (fallen tree, mudslide, ...) 

     

    Insurance

    • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will answer your questions and help you to start the procedure to settle a claim.
       
    • Take photos of the damaged areas: they can be useful for your claim dossier.

     

    • Find out information from the local authorities: they will provide you with useful information about the consequences of the emergency.

     

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