Time to be storm safe

COFFS COAST households and businesses should prepare now for the tempests just around the corner.

Last year was one of the busiest storm seasons on record for the NSW SES and the Bureau of Meteorology warns this year is again shaping up to be a stormy one.

"Storms are our most costly natural disaster and unlike bushfires and floods, all properties are potentially at risk of damage," said Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher.

"Recent research conducted by NRMA Insurance for the NSW SES has shown that only around a quarter of NSW homes are well prepared for the coming storm season.

"Simple home maintenance undertaken now may make a significant difference should you be affected by a severe storm."

Mr Gallacher said this included cleaning gutters, downpipes and drains; securing or putting away loose items from yards and balconies, keeping roofs in good repair and trimming back overhanging branches.

"Whilst the NSW SES plays an important and valued role in times of disaster, we as a community also need to do our bit."

If you need help with storm damage, contact the SES on 132 500.

For more details, call 1800 201 000 or visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au.

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