Aren’t all houses in northern Australia built to withstand cyclones?
We’re recognising some very practical measures that can strengthen homes against cyclones and potentially reduce the likelihood of making a claim. The building features include whether or not a property has a roller door, casement windows or shed. Mitigation measures include strengthening roofs, doors and other openings to withstand cyclonic wind speeds. Examples include:
- Roofs: installation of sarking, ridge caps for tiled roofs, through to complete roof replacements
- Windows: upgrading casement windows and installing (or using) cyclone shutters
- Roller doors: installing bracing to older roller doors
- Sheds: installing additional bracing and ensuring sheds are anchored to a concrete slab
- General preparedness: ensuring items around the house and yard are properly secured.
For more information and the full list of features and mitigation measures, please visit the Cyclone Resilience section of our website.