The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) is urging people on the North Island to gear up for flooding, as more heavy rain is expected as a result of the remnants of Cyclone Debbie.
“We want to help communities to reduce the risks they face,” said ICNZ chief executive Tim Grafton
. “If you can, get as much of your home contents out of harm’s way, secure heavy outdoor objects, and park vehicles in garages if possible.”
To prepare for the flood, Kiwis are advised to:
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- Move valuables from lower ground, including electrical equipment if possible;
- Secure outdoor possessions;
- Have emergency equipment, such as a portable radio, torch, and mobile; and
- Keep insurers’ contact numbers on hand.
“Taking photographic evidence of the flooding and damage to your property will help with your claims assessment and, if you need to, move damaged or contaminated goods from your house for health and safety reasons,” he said.
The industry body will get a clearer picture of the extent of insured damages in a few weeks.
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