Disaster insurance agency the Earthquake Commission has launched a new webpage aiming to help New Zealanders keep their homes and contents secure in the event of natural disaster.
The webpage, Be Prepared, provides information specifically designed for landlords, tenants, homebuyers and owners, renovators and people living in apartments.
“Our message to all householders is by making sure that your home and contents are strong and secure, you will be keeping yourself and your whanau safer from the effects of natural disasters,” EQC manager of research strategy and investment Richard Smith said. “We recognise that not everyone’s situation is the same, but we can all do something to prepare.”
Smith noted the warmer months are an ideal time for making sure a property is well maintained and checking for any work that needs to be done.
People looking to build a house or carry out renovations should consider the risks and building requirements in their area. Landlords and tenants can check if winter rains have had an impact on land, if the property is vulnerable to flooding and landslips or if the apartment complex meets New Building standards.
“Our message this spring and summer is to spend some time checking your home and property, doing the simple tasks and making a plan for the more complicated work,” Smith added.
“You can reduce the risk of damage occurring, making it possible for and your family to recover more quickly when a natural disaster happens.”