Horowhenua District Council reminds residents to be prepared for wild weather as we move into winter.
Horowhenua Emergency Management Officer Andrew Howard says there are a number of things people can do ahead of time to help their families get through winter storms safely and minimise damage to their properties.
Trees or branches in dangerous positions may need to be removed, especially if the tree is in poor health, and if it’s near a power line, contact Electra for professional help with removing or cutting it back safely.
“If your home is in a low-lying area prone to flooding, it’s a good idea to have your own sandbags ready to use. Similarly, if you live in a rural area prone to slips, have enough food and supplies of other essentials, such as medications, for a few days in case you get cut off.”
In addition, people should prepare for possible power outages, he says.
People can obtain further information on being prepared from the Civil Defence page of Council’s website.