NRMA Insurance today launched the Wild Weather Tracker (the tracker) - a seasonal analysis of insurance claims data showing the impact of severe weather in NSW, Queensland and the ACT - to help people prepare and protect themselves against wild weather.
Data released today in the Wild Weather Tracker shows the Mid North Coast was the region most impacted by severe weather in NSW this autumn.
The data shows that the top five most impacted towns or suburbs in the state during autumn were from the Mid North Coast. Port Macquarie was the most impacted town in NSW over autumn, while North Haven, Dunbogan, Nambucca Heads and Taree made up the top five.
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NSW experienced its most devastating autumn in five years with floods and storms causing more than 14,000 home claims. This represents 76 per cent of all home claims in NSW in autumn 2021 and is triple the five-year average for autumn in NSW.
According to the five-year average for autumn, around 50 per cent of all home claims in NSW during the autumn months are caused by severe weather damage. Yet in 2021, 76 per cent of home claims were caused by severe weather.
It was also the highest number of severe weather home claims in any single season since summer 2019-20 (Black Summer).
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"The last 18 months have been demanding for so many communities who've been hit by multiple disasters - from the Black Summer bushfires, to extreme hail and storms. Not to mention the added pressure of a global pandemic," dxecutive general manager, Direct Claims Luke Gallagher said:
"We've created the tracker to help communities understand that wild weather is getting more severe and happening more often. However, we can learn from these events and people can take practical steps to be better prepared, which could ultimately help save lives and property."
NRMA Insurance partnered with the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) on disaster preparedness.
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said the tracker provides valuable insights for communities.
"By empowering communities to learn from past events, they can make changes that will go a long way to keeping them safe in future," she said.