Weathering the storm: Steps to take to protect your property

Storm Kathleen is set to hit Ireland on Saturday, and Met Éireann has issued a nationwide yellow wind warning with orange-level wind warnings coming into effect for counties Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Storm Kathleen is likely to cause very difficult travel conditions, fallen trees, power outages, coastal flooding and wave overtopping. This is the third named storm in April since storm naming began in 2015/2016. Storm Hannah was named by Met Éireann in 2019, and Storm Noa was named by Météo France last year.

By taking proactive measures, you can minimise damage, ensure continuity of business operations, and swiftly recover from any loss.


Preparing for a storm

  • Check your property owners insurance or home insurance to ensure you are covered for any potential damage
  • Check and secure fences, garden furniture and trampolines
  • Bring any unsecured plant pots and garden ornaments inside
  • Inspect roofs, skylights and chimneys for any cracks that could lead to water damage
  • Check and clear gutters and drains
  • Park your car in a safe place, preferably a garage

During a storm

  • Stay at home if possible
  • Secure all windows and doors throughout the property and unplug and secure any large, loose electrical items
  • Ensure you have essential items for a potential power cut
  • Check local news reports for up-to-date information

After a storm

  • Examine your building’s structure, starting from the outer structure(s)
  • Inspect your property externally for immediate dangers or damage
  • Inspect the foundations for cracks and other indications of damage, paying close attention to retaining walls.
  • If there has been any flooding, be vigilant for leaking gas pipes, electricity cables, or flammable materials in the water, such as fuel.
  • If your property has been damaged, submit a claim form promptly to your insurance broker, including as much photographic evidence as possible


Stay up to date with Met Éireann’s forecasts via social media channels, and the Met Éireann app. Please contact your local Gallagher representative for further risk management advice.