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Record Rainfall Sparks Flooding Fears – Be Prepared

One of the hottest November months in history is about to come to an abrupt end with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of flash flooding across Victoria. Preparations are underway for some of the most significant rainfall experienced in more than 20 years.

To help you prepare, our team have put together these 10 handy tips to help protect and minimise the risk of damage to your property when severe weather strikes:

  1. Wherever possible move valuable items to higher ground.
  2. Place furniture on beds and then personal items on the furniture. Electrical equipment should be placed on top.
  3. Remove wooden drawers from built-in wardrobes, cabinets and furniture. Wood has a tendency to swell when wet, causing pressure between the drawers.
  4. Protect valuable machinery and equipment by enclosing them in waterproof covers. Certain machinery may benefit from a coating of grease (please check with the manufacturer prior to applying any substance). Another alternative is to consider is encircling equipment with a wall of sandbags.
  5. If you live in the country you may have to relocate livestock, machinery, pumps and irrigation equipment to higher ground. Prepare by knowing the flood heights that affect your property and being aware of where the higher ground can be found.
  6. Ensure all electrical equipment including computers is switched off at the power outlet and unplugged – reducing the risk of a power surge.
  7. Ensure all your computer and mobile phone data is backed up.
  8. Boating, driving and walking in flood areas should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
  9. During low-level flooding, you can use sandbags to redirect water away from your property.
  10. It pays to have a basic kit emergency handy at all times. Your kit should comprise of :
  • First-aid supplies 
  • Torches
  • A battery operated portable radio
  • Spare batteries
  • Gloves
  • Rubber boots

While prevention measures are the best way to stop things from going awry this weekend, it’s impossible to predict everything.

With 24-hour support at hand, we offer peace of mind should something go wrong. So if you need assistance or expert advice, contact your local Adroit branch.

Make a date to stay up-to-date

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It’s no surprise how quickly life can change – the only thing you can be sure of is that occasionally, the unexpected will happen. Whether it’s in your business or your personal life, there’s always something new just around the corner.

With this in mind, it’s important all your insurance needs are being met. Just like an outdated fashion trend, an insurance policy you purchased but have never reviewed is unlikely to still be a good fit. A “set and forget” approach is one that can lead to unpleasant surprises down the track, but thankfully can be easily prevented by regularly reviewing your level of coverage as your circumstances change.

Getting married, having children, a promotion at work, major purchases or downsizing – these are all major life events that mean your insurance needs will change accordingly.

Don’t forget your business insurance either – just as personal circumstances change, businesses change over time too. You might be offering different products or services, your team may grow or shrink, and new opportunities can see your business evolve in directions you never expected. That’s why it’s so important to keep your insurance policies current and relevant to your business activities.

Just like a regular check-up with your doctor is essential for your personal health, a periodic check-up with your insurance broker is absolutely necessary to ensure you have the best level of coverage for your circumstances.

Adroit’s personalised approach ensures you have everything you need (and nothing you don’t) giving you peace of mind that in the event of the unexpected, you’re fully covered.

You should always consult your qualified insurance broker for advice on the best policies available to suit your needs.

What Your Broker Needs to Save You Time At Claim Time

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With any luck, you haven’t been put in a position where you’ve had to lodge too many insurance claims. But in the event things do go wrong, rest assured knowing your insurance broker is there to make the claims process as painless as possible.

One thing you might be wondering is what you’ll need to have on hand when you do need to make that call to your broker. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you be prepared for a few standard questions they’ll have.

-The 4 W’s

Who, What, When & Where. You’ll want to have details of who was involved, what you’re claiming on, what happened, when it happened and where it happened.

-Photos

If you have them, photos can be crucial to your claim. In the case of property damage, you’ll need to provide as much visual proof as possible.

-Evidence

Hold onto receipts for expensive items (scanned copies are sufficient). These can be critical to the smooth running of your claim and sometimes your policy will require proof of purchase in the case of theft or damage.

 

Your broker will do the legwork for you in terms of processing the claim, but having these things on hand will speed up the process (making it less likely that they’ll have to ask for them later!) Of course, each claim is different, that’s why having a dedicated broker is so important. They know your policies and your needs and can tell you what you may need that’s unique to your case.

 

What does an insurance broker do?

photo-1425421669292-0c3da3b8f529You know you need insurance, whether it’s for personal or business purposes. It’s a fact of life – you simply cannot predict what’s going to happen or eliminate all risk. But going to an insurance provider on your own and wading through all of the available products can be daunting.

“Insurance policies are generally written by lawyers, who are trying to cover all bases and all situations which can become very long winded and confusing for the average person to read. I’ve worked in the industry for 30 years and still know people who don’t completely understand policies, so no average consumer would stand a chance,” says Albury/Wodonga Branch Manager Michael Myers.  An insurance broker takes on this challenge for you, by finding tailored policies and packages for your needs.

An insurance broker can help in many ways. Aside from ensuring your policy is specifically designed for your needs, a broker can help you assess what those needs and risks are, assist you with insurance documentation and act as an agent on your behalf through any claim settlements made under your insurance – just to name a few benefits.

Why should I use an insurance broker?

As insurance brokers have access to a broad spectrum of policies and packages and deal with a range of insurance providers directly, sometimes brokers can access policies you may not otherwise be able to find. Even without that access there are a huge number of policies out there to choose from, which can be difficult to sort through on your own.

Using a broker means having someone on your side to do the hard work for you, saving yourself valuable time. They will assess your needs and risks, then find the appropriate packages for those needs and present them to you. They will walk you through the finer details, making sure you understand everything you will be covered for. While your insurance policy certainly isn’t something you want to cut corners on, a broker can help make sure you have the best possible rates without compromising any coverage.

How is using a broker different than going to different providers myself?

Sure, you could visit different providers on your own and evaluate the different packages presented to you. However, that’s going to take a lot of time and effort on your part. A broker knows these products already, and will be able to go through them quickly while ensuring you aren’t missing out on any crucial coverage.

Alongside that, the biggest advantage to having a broker on your side is the ongoing relationship you’ll develop. Periodically, you and your broker will be able to hold policy ‘health checks’ to make sure your policies are still meeting the needs you had initially.

Damon Edwards, the general manager of our Ballarat location puts it like this, “Risks evolve around changing society and changing workplaces, and so too should the insurance packages. It’s a common misconception that insurance policies are something you just set and forget – this is something you should constantly be reviewing in conjunction with your broker.”

In short, using a broker means having someone in your corner who knows your risks and coverage when you need them to.

 

An insurance broker works for you

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Insurance claims are naturally made at a stressful time in your life. Whether it’s a minor fender-bender or something more serious it’s not a time when you want to be put on hold or waiting days to hear a response to your claim.

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