Heavy Snow

While New Zealand's climate is usually temperate there have been regular cases of heavy snowfall where a thick blanket of snow can knock out power, landlines and cell phone towers and block roads.

While New Zealand's climate is usually temperate there have been regular cases of heavy snowfall where a thick blanket of snow can knock out power, landlines and cell phone towers and block roads. 

In some areas electricity and phone services may take weeks to restore after heavy snow. With no pumps and frozen pipes, fresh water for stock and households can be at a premium. Stock losses and the loss of stock condition can be significant.

Bouts of heavy snow are hard physically and emotionally on farming families and staff as they worked in freezing conditions.

Previous experiences of heavy snow in New Zealand highlighted the immense insurance value of having:

  • Surplus feed on hand
  • Large standby generators
  • Alternative means of cooking and heating for households.

Daily diary notes will be a very useful record for insurance, applying for assistance, and future weatherproofing of your business.

Steps for dealing with heavy snow conditions:

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