At this time of year, every year, the MBC team review and refine their Catastrophe Response Plan.
For a few reasons – the Australian storm season is fast approaching, the areas we service are prone to natural disasters, and because we always want to be ready to activate our plan as soon as possible, if required. In fact, we pride ourselves on being able to mobilise within 36 hours of engagement in the event of a disaster.
We have experience dealing with many disasters and emergencies in the past and our team are well placed to help you with any damage caused to buildings or properties. The MBC team has worked in a range of disasters including cyclones, hail storms and floods so we know how to prepare and how to respond.
But firstly, what is a disaster exactly?
According to the Insurance Council of Australia, disasters are:
You and disasters
You can take steps to ensure that should a disaster or catastrophic event occur, you’re in a better place to recover and get life back to normal.
Before disaster strikes
- Reassess your insurance coverage on a regular basis (or as you purchase assets) to ensure you are fully covered.
- If you receive forewarning, such as in the case of cyclones or bushfires, prepare as soon as possible – collect your emergency kit, follow evacuation orders and keep your family safe. Keep in mind that internet, phone, electricity, water and roads could be affected for a while.
- Stay informed via radio, television and the internet.
When disaster strikes
- Stay indoors and clear of windows.
When the disaster has passed
- If you’re out of the affected area, stay out until emergency services say it’s safe to return.
- Keep clear of downed power-lines and fallen trees.
- Stay out of flood-water – even in a vehicle – and ensure children do not play in it.
- Check your property for damage – contact the SES or emergency services for help if needed.
- If you property was flooded, avoid turn the power on – get a professional to inspect first.
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible for advice and to lodge a claim – don’t worry if you don’t have a copy of your policy, they will have one on file.
- Do not undertake or authorise any building work (including emergency repairs) before speaking with your insurance company and get any approval for work in writing. Unauthorised building work may not be covered under your insurance policy. You can remove and dispose of mud or water damaged items if they pose a risk to health – such as soft furnishings and carpets. Remember to take photos and keep samples to provide to your insurance assessor.
- If your property is unsafe get in touch with local authorities and see if your policy covers temporary housing expenses.
- Take photographs and/or video of any damage (to possessions and property) to support and expedite your insurance claim.
- Be wary of anyone offering to provide recovery or building repair services in the wake of a natural disaster (especially for cash) – they could be a scammer. Wait for your insurance claim process to roll out.
Morse Building Consultancy and Disasters
In the event of a disaster, Morse Building Consultancy provides a prompt and unbiased commitment to service provision. Our Catastrophe Response Plan is routinely updated to ensure containment and mitigation of the effects of a catastrophe to limited further loss and to restore order and normality.
When disasters or a catastrophe occurs, Morse Building Consultancy are prepared to undertake a significant disaster management role.
In relation to disaster response, we offer:
- High volume site investigations
- The ability to deploy quickly and remain on site
- Detailed, timely reporting
- Project management of insurance claims requiring remedial works
Morse Building Consultancy are able to draw on all of our resources and expertise to provide a fast, expert response to disasters, whenever and wherever they occur.
We provide the following disaster response services:
- Emergency engineering and consulting services
- Catastrophe Management
- Community Engagement and management
- Crisis Management
- Causation determination
- Failure Investigations
- Multi-dwelling assessments
- Scope and Specification preparation
- Reconstruction and remedial design
- Construction Estimating
- Project Services
- Disaster Recovery
Morse Building Consultancy is proud to offer this disaster response support to all residential, commercial, industrial and civil structures.
Our investigation and reporting processes are carried out by industry licensed and experienced professionals so you can feel assured of the detail and quality of our assessments.
Contact us today to learn more about our disaster response capabilities.