NTI encourages preparations for weather phenomenon
As the country enters a weather phenomenon called the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), Australia’s leading specialist insurer, NTI, is urging all transport and logistics owners and operators to be proactive and revisit weather emergency plans.
NTI Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tony Clark says while extreme weather is no stranger to Australians, it’s important to revisit emergency action plans to ensure they are relevant and familiar.
“Australia is notorious for extreme, unpredictable weather; but insight into the current weather phenomenon provides an opportunity for all owners and operators on land or sea to revisit their plans, or if you haven’t got one – to get started,’ he said.
The Indian Ocean Dipole will likely see a continuation of a wet Winter, into a wet Spring as a result of the IOD being in a negative phase. The greatest impacts will be seen across parts of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
“We know from experience that extreme weather can mean costly delays, disruption to distribution routes and flood waters that can rise quickly and last sometimes for weeks, especially in outback areas,” said Mr Clark.
“As Australia’s leading specialist insurer we experience first-hand how weather interrupts businesses through destruction of transport infrastructure, vehicles, freight and at times, whole business premises.”
“It’s important to be prepared, have a plan, and communicate the plan across whole of business.”
In the event of continuing to operate in uncertain weather conditions, NTI recommends:
- Arranging for regular, up to date emergency reports from a reliable source.
- Making an alternative drive/travel plan which includes at least one detour to your destination.
- Accounting for additional travel time if transporting time sensitive goods.
- Devising an evacuation strategy for your people, equipment and stock.
Customers or intermediaries needing to make a claim due to a weather event should contact NTI via the NTI Accident Assist (1800 NTI NOW) service. This will allow the claim to be actioned as quickly as possible, without the need for paperwork. Trauma counselling will also be available.