Insurer urges Brits to batten down the hatches for Storm Ophelia

Aviva advises Brits to protect their homes and businesses as windy weather is forecast for the UK 

Aviva is today (Sunday, 15 October) – on the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987  advising homeowners and businesses to take basic precautions to protect themselves and their properties ahead of heavy downpours and very strong winds from ex-tropical storm Ophelia, which are forecast to hit the west coast of the UK this week.
The UK insurer says the tail-end of the US tropical storm is due to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 15/16 October 1987, which caused winds of over 100mph, significant damage across the UK and killed 18 people.
It claims that, although we know from history that precise forecasting can be difficult, i t has a network of contractors and property claims experts on stand-by across the country and its contact centres are available 24/7 to help those who might be affected by the forecast unsettled weather.
Rob Townend, Claims Director for Aviva, said: “While it’s unclear yet how severe the storm will be, high winds and heavy rain could cause havoc to homes and businesses.  But some simple measures can help to minimise any damage. For example, secure your fences, doors and windows and be aware that you may face disruption to your travel plans.
“Our claims teams are ready and here to help if your property or car has been damaged as a direct result of storm force conditions. We can also arrange alternative accommodation for you if the damage means you need to move out of your home temporarily.”

 What to do before the storm

  • If possible park the car in a garage, or away from large trees
  • If time allows and it is safe to do so check for loose tiles on the roof, secure any weak fencing etc to minimise the risk of causing damage to other parts of your property.
  • Safely store or secure any garden furniture, ornaments, bikes or children’s toys/outside play equipment.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are closed.
  • In the event of an electrical storm remove the aerial from the TV set

What to do after the storm

Call your insurer immediately if your property suffers damage. Aviva says its team of experts will be able to give you advice on how to prevent further damage and help you with your claim to get your property back to the way it was.
This video provides some handy tips and advice for protecting homes ahead of storm weather.
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