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NTI recommends advance planning for storm season

Insurer says businesses must take proactive approach to protecting employees and assets


National Transport Insurance (NTI) is encouraging businesses to devise proper plans to protect their employees and assets before the upcoming cyclone season.

The specialist insurer says businesses must take a proactive approach towards safety of their workers, property and equipment in the event of a storm or cyclone, to minimise potential downtime and loss of income.

“Weather is out of all of our control, so we are working with customers to promote the importance of having an extreme weather plan in place,” NTI CEO Tony Clark says.

“When it comes to protecting your employees and your livelihood, there is no such thing as being over cautious or over prepared.”

NTI recommends:            

  • distributing an emergency contact list and details of storm preparation plans to all employees
  • preparing emergency packs which include a torch & battery pack, food, first aid kit, clean water and a radio
  • keeping surroundings tidy and, in the lead up to a weather event, ensuring outdoor items are stored inside if space permits, or are well secured outside
  • making sure vehicles and/or equipment are undercover or in a protected location to prevent damage from hail and wind.

For those on the road during an extreme storm, the Bureau of Meteorology suggests exercising the below measures:

In case of flooding: do not drive through flooded and high risk areas. If caught, be aware of washout areas – avoid dips and underpasses.

In case of severe lightening: remain in the vehicle with windows closed, and avoid touching metal parts of the vehicle. Do not park under trees or other tall objects at risk of falling during the storm. If you’re able, stop driving.

In case of hail: If you are unable to exit your vehicle, be sure to keep your head and face away from windows.

NTI advises customers or intermediaries, who need to make a claim due to a weather event, to contact its Accident Assist (1800 NTI NOW) service.

“This will allow the claim to be actioned as quickly as possible, without the need for paperwork,” NTI states.

“Trauma counselling will also be available.”

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