Stay one step ahead of storms

PROPERTY owners are urged to check insurance policies, roof gutters and tiles and tree branches in their yards ahead of the storm season.

The State Emergency Service has already responded to the first major incident of the season on the North Coast.

SES Clarence-Nambucca controller Caroline Ortel says it is a good idea for property owners to be prepared ahead of the summer thunderstorms.

"Before the storm comes, people need to have a look around their homes. Are items outside secure, do they have items lying around that could blow away in strong winds and do their insurance policies cover storm damage?" Ms Ortel said.

"Are their gutters clean? Are their roofs fixed? Do they have broken tiles that they were always going to get to?

"But also things like tree limbs; do branches need to be trimmed off their trees rather than fall onto a roof," she said.

The Nationals Duty MLC for the Clarence electorate, Rick Colless, praised local SES vol- unteers for their swift response during wild weather around the region last weekend.

SES volunteers were kept busy responding to calls for assistance from storm-affected areas, particularly in Coraki.

"I understand that they responded to more than 450 requests for assistance, which is an astounding effort," Mr Colless said.

For assistance, call the SES on 132 500.

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