South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales should be on alert as a severe cold front with damaging winds and squally showers moves across the southern parts of the states this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning to be prepared for the “strongest weather system this year”, with peak wind gusts reaching 110‒130 kilometres an hour, sleet, snow and blizzard conditions possible in areas of higher ground.
The cold air system and wind gusts are expected to move from SA this evening to Sydney at lunchtime on Friday 9 August.
Gallagher urges all of our clients to make staying safe a priority. The State Emergency Service advises that you should:
- move vehicles under cover or away from trees
- secure or put away loose items around your property
- keep clear of fallen power lines
- stay indoors, away from windows, while conditions are severe.
Contact the SES on 132 500 to report a hazard or immediate danger.
Gallagher Head of Claims Adam Squire advises that, “We are closely monitoring the situation from a client perspective and we are poised to activate the Claims Catastrophe Plan on behalf of our clients."
As soon as you are aware of an issue, let us know. We are here to help.
In the event of loss or damage
- Where possible make sure the site, property and area are safe, secure and all reasonable steps are taken to minimise the extent of loss.
- Retain any receipts for costs incurred as part of any potential claim.
- Other than securing and making safe, do not undertake any repair or replacement.
- Do not dispose of any damaged items or parts unless directed to do so by an appropriate authority. If you do need to dispose of property, keep an inventory and if possible and safe to do so, photograph prior to disposal.
- Provide us with details of the contact person to manage your claim.
- Follow further instructions from Gallagher, your insurer or their representative.