You’ll probably want to clean up any spillages and breakages straight away. To help the EQC or FMG assessor estimate the damage later on, you should try to:
After a natural disaster, you should do all that you can to safely make your home habitable and protect it from further damage.
Urgent or emergency repairs are things that need to be carried out to make your home safe, sanitary, secure and weather-tight.
For instance, you can get essential services like toilets and water systems repaired immediately, but you should keep, document or record everything the repairer replaces (and keep a copy of the bill).
Bear in mind that:
For more information on EQC’s process click here.
If your home is currently uninhabitable due to an earthquake, flooding or high winds, please call us on 0800 366 466 to see how we can help support you and your family with temporary accommodation.
To decide what counts as uninhabitable, ask yourself:
This support falls under FMG's Household Contents policy to a maximum of $30,000.
Uninhabitable employee houses may also be covered if they are included in an employment contract.
After a major event, particularly post-earthquakes, the quality of your water supply can have a major impact on your ability to do things such as milk your herd and keep your land irrigated.
Watch for sand and silt
Sand and silt in the milking shed system and water tank can cause damage to the impellors, which will cause major issues to your shed and could prevent you from being able to milk.
Watch your pump for overload
Submersible pumps need water for cooling and your water levels may have dropped.
Visually inspect your irrigators as they may have moved. Check they are sitting in their tracks—irrigators are often set up with a fine tolerance of clearance to sheds, trees and fences.
If your irrigator has fallen over during an earthquake or in high winds you should:
Irrigation New Zealand has also issued helpful advice, check out their website for more information.
Experience from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes revealed water lines and silos were susceptible to damage.
If a visual inspection reveals damage to bridges/culverts, then please contact FMG and/or a specialist for assistance.
For any concerns you have about your pets and animals, SPCA Canterbury can provide support and make deliveries of donated pet food.
SPCA Canterbury 03 349 7057 or Emergency 03 366 3886 www.spcacanterbury.org.nz