Has this happened in your part of the world?
Feb 2, 2011: Cyclone Yasi was the largest and most powerful cyclone to hit Queensland in living memory. The storm was downgraded from a category five to a category four as it made landfall but it was still the strongest tropical storm to ever hit Australia. The cyclone was so large it would almost cover the United States.
We are so grateful that our house and studio haven’t gone with the wind. It simply blew my mind to see this force of nature wreak such havoc. Our hearts go out to those less fortunate.
In a natural disaster, preparation is everything. We hope the following tips will be useful for everyone.
- Back up important data somewhere other than an external hard drive. For real peace of mind, subscribe to an online data backup service, which lets you access your data from anywhere. SkyDrive gives you 25 GB of free online storage.
- Keep passports and other important documents in a safe deposit box.
- Scan all your important documents, including photos and receipts and store the scans on an online data backup service.
- For insurance purposes, take up-to-date photos of your property inside and out. Shoot each room and make sure you include before & after shots of renovations. Store these online at a free online photo service like Flickr or Picasa
- Photograph all valuable items, including jewellery, and create a list of hyperlinks to the product sites if the items are available online. Evernote will help you keep it all safe.
- Keep the plans of your property (including all measurements, structural and interior details) in digital files such as PDFs or CADs and store them online. If you don’t have plans, you can create your own with floorplanner (it’s free for personal use and don’t need to install software or plug-ins.)
- Spend the extra to properly insure your property.
Have you been affected by the natural disaster? What precautions did you take? Send us your comments:
Photo credits: Australia-Cyclone / news.com.au/cyclone-yasi / abc.net.au/news/photos