Storms are unpredictable but churches can take basic precautions such as managing their trees to reduce potential damage to buildings and making sure that roofs, gutters and drains are properly maintained.
Churches can also prepare by having contingency plans in place to deal with a disaster should the worse happen. Ideally, churches should prepare a disaster recovery plan covering how to deal with a severe weather event causing flood, storm or other damage so that the effects of this on the structure and its contents can be minimised and the church kept open. Please look at our tips and advice below.
How to prepare for a storm
Sign up for severe weather warnings at metoffice.gov.uk or keep up-to-date with the latest weather news using local TV or radio stations
Arrange for any bushes or trees that could damage windows in high winds to be trimmed back
Ensure the church or property is properly maintained throughout the year. Particular attention should be paid to areas most likely to bear the brunt of any storm such as steeples, pinnacles, and the roof
Secure loose objects in the churchyard and grounds - such as ladders, benches or anything else that could be blown into windows
Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the building and especially large doors
Make sure you have read our flood advice and our winter risk advice.
What to do during a storm
Do not visit the church to repair damage while the storm is in progress
If you have to go into a church or are in a church during a storm, enter and leave the building through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
After the storm
Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
Contact reputable contractors to make safe items such as fallen trees and walls.
We’re here to help
If any damage has been caused to your property or its contents we are here to help – often the quicker you tell us about a possible claim the quicker and easier it is to deal with the consequences. Please call our claims team on 0345 603 8381 or visit our Making a Claim page.