Minimise damage to your vehicle
We strongly advise you to rather postpone your trip than risk getting caught in a storm or flooding. Then again, if you’re caught in a storm, rather look for a safe place to stop and wait for the storm to pass.
Please do look after your safety first – rather abandon your car if needs be – your insurance will recover your vehicle, assess the damage, and organise the repairs process as needed. Also see our article on driving in heavy rain.
Minimise damage to your home and contents
It’s important that you identify the weak points where floodwater can enter your home. Water can enter your home through gaps in the floor, air bricks on exposed walls, or even via drains and pipes (e.g. reverse flow causing water to back up and enter your home via your washing machine, toilet, or sink).
Preventative measures include:
Long-term preventative measures include the following:
When it comes to protecting your home from veldfires, the main danger lies in the fact that the wind may be blowing embers and sparks which may enter your home through air vents, open windows or even through small gaps between the walls and the roof sheeting. As a preventative measure, you may want to install fine mesh over any vents and to seal off any gaps under the eaves.
When a veldfire approaches, you can do the following:
Long-term preventative measures include: