New warning that 2.7m Aussies are not ready for disaster season

first_imgA bushfire at Caloundra West approaches the Bruce Highway, bringing traffic to a standstill at Bells Creek. Picture: Lachie Millard.Ms Hassan warned homeowners to “be mindful that if the cyclone has been named, it’s usually too late to take out a home insurance policy”.The analysis found women (18 per cent) were more unprepared than men (12 per cent), and Generation Y was by far the most exposed (26 per cent) of the age brackets. Nine per cent of Baby Boomers and 14 per cent of Generation X were not ready.Around 28 per cent of renters were not prepared for a natural disaster, Ms Hassan said.*FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook Most popular forms of natural disaster protection: Home insurance (61 per cent)Fire extinguisher (27 per cent)Emergency kit (24 per cent)Evacuation plan (23 per cent)Other – including alerts and “just get in the car and go” (1 per cent) (Source: The aftermath of Cyclone Debbie at Conway Beach, Queensland. Picture: Wesley Monts. Stuart Harris at Shute Harbour where his houseboat called “Munn” was wrecked during Cyclone Debbie. Picture: Annette Dew.Bessie Hassan, insurance expert, it was a concern that one in seven Aussies were leaving their homes exposed to disasters.“The fact that so many Australians are unprepared in the case of a natural disaster is concerning,” she said. “Whether it’s a small investment like having an evacuation plan, or whether you’re paying for home insurance, it’s important to prepare in case of the worst.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“With bushfire season nearly upon us, taking precautionary measures now could save potentially thousands of dollars worth of damages later.” A local resident paddles his kayak through floodwaters in the suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton in April this year after floodwaters resulting from ex-cyclone Debbie. Picture: AAP Image/Dan PeledANALYSTS have issued fresh warnings to homeowners heading into what’s expected to be an extreme summer, after new figures showed 2.7 million Aussies weren’t disaster-ready.Queenslanders, women, Gen Y and renters seem to the main culprits, according to new analysis from, which warned that 57 per cent of major cyclone damage from 2011 to 2016 was comprised of uninsured losses – a bill totalling $1.4 billion.Queensland – where some of the worst disaster damage had occurred in the last 12 years – was the most unprepared of all the states (17 per cent), despite housing a quarter of all Australia’s flood cases. Firemen look over the remains of three houses that were destroyed by fire on the Noosa North Shore on the Sunshine Coast in August this year. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England.last_img

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