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:
Before a Storm
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 are 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.
When a warning is issued
- 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.
During a storm
- 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
- Do not walk around outside. Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
After a storm
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.