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NTI encourages preparations for severe weather season

La Niña weather patterns increase likelihood of cyclones and other extreme conditions


NTI is using the official start of summer to urge transport and logistics owners and operators nationally to be proactive during the expected severe weather season by revisiting emergency plans.

With the coming months marked by La Niña climatic conditions, the trucking and specialty insurer warns that extreme weather can escalate quickly, so it is imperative to have an action plan and to be familiar with it.

“Australia is notorious for unpredictable weather; especially over summer,” NTI CEO Tony Clark says.

“Be it extreme heat, bushfires, or cyclonic storms – it’s essential for all owners and operators on land or sea to have a plan.

“We’re on our way to experiencing a once-in-a-decade weather front, La Niña.

“Given we know this is coming, now is the time to be proactive. Have a plan and communicate your plan across your people, so when it comes time for action, it can be implemented without hesitation.

“We see severe weather interrupt business through destruction of transport infrastructure, vehicles, freight and at times, whole business premises.

“Staying abreast of severe weather warnings, can make all the difference.”

Read about NTI’s advice the last time a bad cyclone season loomed, here

In the event of continuing to operate in uncertain weather conditions, NTI recommends:

  • Arranging for regular, up to date emergency reports from a reliable source
  • Making an alternative drive/travel plan which includes at least one detour to your destination
  • Accounting for additional travel time if transporting time sensitive goods
  • Devising an evacuation strategy for your people, equipment and stock.

The insurer says customers or intermediaries needing to make a claim due to a weather event should contact NTI via the NTI Accident Assist (1800 NTI NOW) service. This will allow the claim to be actioned as quickly as possible, without the need for paperwork. Trauma counselling is also available.


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