Damaging wind is caused by cyclones, tornados or areas of very low pressure air called deep depressions. The MetService issues a strong wind warning when winds of over 87km/h are expected over land.
Follow these steps to get through the dangers of strong winds:
Getting ready before a storm strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.
Develop a Household Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Survival Kit so that you can cope on your own for three days or more
Check that your roof and guttering is secure
Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape
If you are renovating or building, make sure all work complies with the New Zealand building code which has specific standards to minimise storm damage.
Pick up any debris around your house that could become airborne
Bring rubbish bins indoors
Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter
Listen to your local radio station for information
Open a window on the side of the building away from the wind. This will relieve pressure on the roof and help prevent it lifting
Close all curtains to slow down flying glass and airborne objects
Stay away from doors and windows. If the wind becomes destructive, shelter further inside the house
Don’t walk around outside. Don’t drive unless absolutely necessary
Contact your local council and insurance company if your house or building has been severely damaged.
Ask your council for advice on how to clean up debris safely.