Climate change is already having an impact around the world. In Port Phillip we can expect extreme heat events, flooding, coastal storm surges and drought to impact us. Where you live, the type of home you live in, and your personal circumstances all play a part in how a storm, flood or heatwave may impact you. Understanding the risks to your property and yourself will help you prepare better.
Here are ways you can prepare for these changes.
Get your home ready for heat
- Insulation: protect your house from the elements and spend less on cooling
- Draught proofing: Seal up gaps and cracks to minimise heat entering your home
- Windows: consider curtains, glazing treatments, coverings and more
- Ventilation: keep the cool air in and flush the warm air out
- Landscaping: position plants and trees to provide shading in summer
Stay cool on hot days
- Drink water. Even if you don't feel thirsty, drink water. Take a bottle with you always.
- Never leave anyone in a car. Hot cars kill. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
- Stay somewhere cool. Seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Plan ahead - Schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Check in on others- Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, older people, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
Get your home ready for storms
- clean your gutters so water can drain freely off your roof
- trim dead tree branches that may overhang your home
- secure any outdoor furniture
- know where your torch is and have a battery-operated radio ready.
Get your home ready for floods
- make sure important documents are in watertight containers up high
- move your car to higher ground
- think about having sandbags on standby
- take a look at our flood information, including a local flood guide and Municipal Flood Emergency Plan via Victoria State Emergency Service.
Check your insurance
- being up to date on your insurance policy and knowing what you are covered for before extreme weather events is the best way to protect your assets and family for the future. If you’re in a flood prone area, talk to your insurer about what type of flooding your policy covers.
- the Australian Government’s MoneySmart website explains what to look for in insurance products so you can find the right policy for your needs.
Watch this video for tips on being prepared for storms, floods and heatwaves.