23 February 2017
With heavy rain and strong winds expected to hit parts of the UK today as Storm Doris arrives, Co-op Insurance is offering consumers advice about what to do to prepare for the potential stormy weather.
Jonathan Guy, Head of Claims at Co-op Insurance, says: "There are certain things that are unavoidable during severe weather such as, roof tiles lifting, falling branches and TV aerials becoming dislodged, however there are a number of preventive measure you can put in place to protect your home in advance of a storm coming."
Co-op Insurance offers the following tips to keep your property safe in the event of a storm:
Outside the home:
- Secure items in the garden such as furniture, pot plants, ladders and children’s toys, or bring inside the house if you have space
- Check that your fences panels are secure
- Park your car away from large trees in case there are any falling branches
- If you are in a flood risk area, if possible move your car to higher ground where flooding is less likely – don’t drive as the flood hits as this is potentially dangerous.
Inside the home:
- Make sure that all windows and doors are closed and locked
- Make sure you have emergency contact numbers in a safe place i.e. insurance claims number and policy number, local authority and utility company contact details
- Move any valuable or essential items in your property upstairs
- Unplug all your electrical items in case of any power surges
- Know where to switch off your utilities at the mains – gas, electricity and water
- Back up computers and switch them off to avoid losing any sentimental items e.g. photographs
- If you lose power, have a torch at the ready instead of candles as these could pose a fire hazard
- Have a storm kit ready including any essential items such as blanket, torch, water and easy to eat non-perishable food
- Keep pets warm and indoors.
Jonathan continues: "If you have any neighbours who may need support, check to see if they need your help before and after the storm.
"If your home is damaged by bad weather, contact your insurer as soon as possible so that they can assess the level of damage and make the necessary arrangements to deal with your claim as they may also need to help you arrange alternative accommodation."
Any Co-op Insurance customers affected who need to claim can call Co-op Insurance on our 24 hour claims line: 0345 999 8888^.
For more information contact:
0161 201 3444/07702506126
Press & Media Relations Manager
0161 767 4354/07770441828
Calls may be monitored or recorded for security and training purposes. First notification of a claim outside of normal working hours will be answered in Eire.
^Call charges may apply.