How Much Does Farm Insurance Cost?

A lot of hard work and resources go into creating crops and protecting the land that provides the nutritional needs of the world. Professional Farmers know the value of insurance in protecting their investment in crops and livestock from threats from unpredictable weather, freak accidents and fire.

Farm insurance can cover multiple variables and the best way to find out what you need for your situation and get the most competitive solution and price, is to seek advice from an insurance broker. This article gives you a sneak peek at what all a farm insurance might include and an idea of how much it might cost.

What does farm insurance cover?

Just like most insurance models there are specific variables that a farm insurance solution can cover. It’s up to your discretion which components you want to insure or ‘self insure’(use risk management to try and mitigate an incident from happening and pay out of pocket if it does). Having a professional insurance broker will help you to understand what risks you should prioritise with your insurance solution.

Here’s a list of specific farm insurance covers – the availability of some of these coverages may vary based on the location your farm is situated in.

Home & contents – Often, though not always, farm insurance also covers the house where the farm owners live to protect your home and belongings from natural disaster, theft or other accidents.

Farm property – whether it’s livestock, machinery, buildings or even silage and grain, farm property insurance can help protect your assets.

Farm liability – This component helps protect you from loss of farm due to a third-party liability claim, such as an injury to another person or damage to another person’s property.

Crop coverage – Putting a crop insurance policy in place can help protect your income in the event of fire, hail, livestock intrusion, overspray, transit or storage loss.

Farm machinery – Protect your agricultural vehicles from damage, theft or accidents with a farm motor insurance solution.

Weather insurance – Weather insurance could be used to protect your business against a number of weather indices using objective, independent, meteorological data so there is no need for loss adjustment or claims negotiation.

There are also a range of other optional bolt-ons for farm insurance solutions, depending on your unique set up.

Professional insurance brokers with a local presence will be better equipped to understand the risks your farm faces and help you map out a better insurance strategy.

An average farm insurance solution is around 10% of the sum insured and clients can decide their length of cover sum insured and rainfall limit, which of course depend on things like the size and scale of your operation. Insurance brokers have access to a wide range of policies and prices that are NOT available online or through the direct market, so it’s worth getting a free quote to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money (with the added benefit of expert advice).

To get a personalised quote from a farm insurance broker for free, you can contact us at Regional Insurance Professionals for your quote today.

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What’s Weather Insurance??

Weather is certainly a factor involved with many insurance covers, but did you know there is actually a “weather insurance” solution?

About weather insurance

According to our underwriting partner Allstate Weather Insurance, weather insurance is designed to protect against loss of income due to weather events.

Is weather insurance better than multi-peril crop insurance?

Traditional covers and even new multi-peril offerings can be either too complicated or simply not provide enough cover.

Weather insurance could be used to protect your business against a number of weather indices using objective, independent, meteorological data so there is no need for loss adjustment or claims negotiation. Revenue reductions or expense enlargements are compensated for within days of contract conclusion. Some of the perils protected are:

  • Low rain fall reducing yield
  • Frost damage reducing quality
  • High rainfall spoiling fruit, delaying harvest or flooding farms
  • Extreme temperature stressing livestock, disrupting production or spoiling produce
  • Extreme weather such as cyclones flattening crops

Why get weather insurance?

Some of the high level features and benefits of weather insurance are listed below:

  • Product is available to all farm produce, crops, feed, livestock, orchard or vineyard
  • Independent data used to determine loss
  • Flexibility to craft a programme based on your budget requirements
  • Expected increased volatility in weather patterns in years to come
  • The sector continues to receive little funding from state or federal government
  • Seasonal variations catered to, such as sowing and harvesting.

Weather insurance is also not limited to just farm businesses, but can also be used in industries such as the mining industry.

Get a quote for weather insurance

Regional Insurance Brokers is happy to talk to you about your unique situation and risks, and then provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation. Contact us today to get started.

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Insurance Broker Versus Buying Insurance Online – What’s Right For You?

With insurance available online at the click of a button – why use an insurance broker?

With insurance (and nearly everything these days) available 24/7 with the click of a button, why do people still use an insurance broker? And should you use an insurance broker or purchase your insurance directly online? Before we can answer that question, it’s worth getting a better understanding of what an insurance broker is, and what they do.

An insurance broker is a professional that’s qualified to give you advice on your insurance solution. We work on behalf of and in the best interest of you, the client, not the insurers. We leverage our knowledge and experience to help you understand your specific risks and recommend an appropriate risk management and insurance solution.

About insurance brokers.

Insurance brokers spend years studying and maintaining their insurance credentials to understand insurance inside and out. The same way you’re the expert at running your business, we’re the experts in insuring it. It’s especially important to understand the differences between insurance policies and know the ‘fine print’ of what’s included and excluded. Policies across different insurers and underwriting agencies are not all the same. Sometimes you may be able to find a really good price on insurance online, but when it comes to making a claim, it doesn’t cover what you assumed it would. Plus people assume that using an insurance broker is more expensive, but many times this is not the case! Insurance brokers also have access to a wide range of policies that are ONLY available via an insurance broker, they are not available directly online at all.

You would likely use an accountant or lawyer for important changes and transactions, and protecting your family, belongings and livelihood should be no different. A professional insurance broker guides you through the fine print and provides you with expertise and advice so you can have peace of mind that you’ve made an educated decision about your insurance solution.

Not to mention (as those who’ve made a claim on their online insurance may know) the amount of time you save talking to a real person and not waiting on hold for an hour! Your insurance broker will advocate for you and guide you through the claims process to work to achieve the best outcome.

3 questions to help you decide if you need an insurance broker.

Not sure yet if an insurance broker is for you? Use these three questions to think through your situation and help you decide.

  1. How well do you really understand insurance?

Do you have a clear understanding of things like the definition of underinsurance? (We’ll give you a hint, it doesn’t just mean you have a little less insurance than you needed). If you are comfortable reading policy wordings and product disclosure statements (PDSs) and can work out what’s included and what’s excluded then you may not have a need for an insurance broker.

If that sounds daunting, you may be better off (financially and sanity-wise!) to use an insurance broker that has a diploma in insurance fine print and undergoes continous development to stay up to date with legislation and emerging risks.

  1. How much spare time do you have?

In addition to giving you peace of mind and, in many cases, saving you money, an insurance broker can also save you a lot of time! It can be quite time consuming to get 3-5 different quotes from insurers. And you need to know which insurers specialise in what areas (assuming you know the exact policies you need in the first place). Ask yourself how much your time is worth, and whether you’d rather have an insurance broker get those quotes on your behalf and come back to you with options and a recommendation. Plus, an insurance broker has hundreds of insurers and underwriting agencies in their network – some that deal exclusively with insurance brokers or offer exclusive solutions through certain insurance broker networks so you may be able to get a better price and/or better coverage!

Not to mention that you likely need an insurance solution for more than just one thing – your insurance broker can help look after your business, car, home, travel and more – truly a one-stop shop! This can also help reduce the risk of having gaps in your cover because your insurance broker can take a holistic view of your risk profile.

  1. Do you want someone to advocate for you in the case of a claim?

If you’ve had to make an insurance claim, you might already realise the value of an insurance broker! Claims are often stressful and you may not know where to start, who to call, what your policy details are, what additional information you may need to provide or even whether or not the incident is covered!

If you have an insurance broker, they are your main contact person and they’ll guide you through the steps of the claim as well as having your information available at their fingertips. Ombudsman statistics show less complaints from clients who use brokers for claims rather than going direct to insurers.Throughout the life cycle of the claim, an insurance broker will save you hours and hours of time and hassle by following the claim through each step and helping you achieve the best possible outcome. 

Why choose Regional Insurance Professionals to be your insurance broker?

Are you aware of some of the benefits we, as an insurance broker, can bring you or your business? Here are some of the top reasons you should give us a call to discuss your insurance needs:

  • We live and work across Western Australia, including Albany, Joondalup, Kalgoorlie and wider Perth. Being part of the same community as our clients means we understand how you do business and your unique risks. We face the same ones. We’re not a nameless, faceless call centre based in another state or country.
  • We’re business owners helping other business owners. We want to see you and your business succeed and we can help you by making sure you get a good insurance solution at a competitive price.
  • We can access insurance solutions that aren’t available online, and in some cases are only available through brokers.
  • We’ve spent years to earn and maintain our qualifications and expertise that can’t be matched through Googling insurance directly online for a few hours.
  • We’re part of a network of nearly 350 authorised broker businesses called Community Broker Network (CBN). Through CBN, we’re able to access packages that are exclusively available through our network, that have been leveraged by CBN’s size and scale for the benefit of clients.
  • If you need to make a claim we will be here for you, advocating on your behalf and staying on top of your claim to make sure things are progressing and save you time, heartache and hassle.
  • If you have a challenging risk that you’re struggling to find a good insurance solution for, we’ve got access to a huge range of insurers and underwriting agencies, giving you a much better chance of getting a reasonable deal.
  • We attend ongoing learning and development to stay on top of emerging risks like cyber/ransomware, terrorism, drones and self-driving vehicles so we have the most up to date insurance information to respond to these changes.

Get a free quote from our insurance brokers – you’ve got nothing to lose!

Why not get a free, no-obligation quotation from Regional Insurance Professionals? It’s a free health check – we will give your insurance a good review and make sure you have good cover at a good price. Contact us today by clicking here or calling (08) 9301 0562.

Please note: The information provided in this article is only general in nature – before making business decisions you should consider seeking advice specific to your situation.

What You Need to Know About Hobby Farm Insurance

Farming is a major part of human existence. It is because of farming that we have food on our plates. However, not every farmer is farming as their primary occupation. Many of us engage in farming as a side business or a hobby.

For those with just enough acreage, hobby farming can make for a great lifestyle and provide you and your family with a great deal of enjoyment. But just because you’re doing it as a hobby doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with some risks. It can be easy to assume that a hobby farm is just that – a hobby.

However, it often requires the use of equipment and animals, which creates an environment of unpredictability. This makes insurance a must.

The exact type of coverage will vary based on the kind of farming activity you engage in. For instance, some hobby farmers may be covered under a homeowner’s insurance policy. But, if the farm is big enough and your activities are a little more complex, you might need a very different insurance solution.

The Difference Between Hobby Farm Insurance and Standard Farm Insurance

Hobby farm insurance varies from standard farm insurance in that hobby farms are often small-scale establishments run for pleasure rather than profit. So, you need an insurance solution that focuses on this aspect and is right-sized for non-commercial operations.

There are a wide range of insurance solutions that suit a specific size of farmland or the kind of work done on the farm. Let’s take a look at some.

For starters, you have “Buildings and Contents” cover, where the tenanted dwellings or owner-occupied dwellings are covered against theft, fire, and water damage.

Then, there’s options for “Other Farm Buildings,” where structures such as grain silos, sheds, and workshops are typically included.

You can also have “Farm Liability Insurance,” designed to cover you against liabilities related to third party damage or personal injury caused by your hobby farm activities.

Similarly, you have “Farm Machinery and Motor Vehicles” insurance, where the machinery and vehicles used on your hobby farm are covered.

Finally, you have “Farm Fencing Insurance” and “Business Interruption Insurance.” Your farm fencing can be covered against damages caused as the result of extreme weather or natural disaster. Business interruption can insure you for additional cost such as agistment where you suffer a loss  caused as a result of property damage.

These can be tailored and packaged to suit the unique needs of your hobby farm.

In Conclusion…

Hobby farm insurance is important to make sure you have the peace of mind to continue to enjoy your hobby. We can help you talk through your situation and recommend a right-sized insurance solution to help manage your hobby farm risk. Why not give us a call or stop in the branch today on (08) 9301 0562

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The Strawberry Scare: Understanding Contaminated Product Insurance

According to this article from the ABC, police have been investigating four separate reports of needles being found in strawberry punnets in the homes of West Australians. This is a scary series of events for all of us (and thankfully, at least at the time of writing, no one has been injured), but it’s also a major concern for the businesses associated with this issue. A WA-based grower — Mal’s Black Label strawberries based in Gingin, 70km north of Perth — had earlier been drawn into the crisis when two of their punnets were found containing needles in supermarkets in South Australia. We thought it might be timely to discuss the insurance safety net that is designed to protect businesses and help them recover from an event such as this: Contaminated Product Insurance.

What is Contaminated Product Insurance?

Contaminated Product Insurance (CPI) can help manage the effects of a recall, covering key expenses and even PR consultants to guide the critical first weeks of a recall. CPI, according to information from AIG Australia, can cover events such as:

  • Accidental contamination (likely the opposite of what we’re seeing with the strawberry situation)
  • Adverse publicity – which is the reporting of either an actual or an alleged accidental OR malicious product tampering (more likely to be the case with the strawberries) where the insured product has been named
  • Intentionally impaired ingredients – this covers intentional and wrongful but not malicious contaminations or impairments – these occur as a result of a third party-supplied ingredient
  • Malicious product tampering – also likely to be a factor with the strawberries as it includes malicious alteration of an insured product
  • Product extortion – a threat to commit malicious product tampering that’s communicated to the insured party to demand money, property or services
  • Government recall – an official recall order to comply with food safety regulations

What kind of businesses could benefit from Contaminated Product Insurance?

The typical types of businesses involved would be manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, importers, wholesalers and retailers of products that are applied or ingested (such as food, beverage, beauty and pharmaceuticals.

Your insurance broker and the insurer will consider a number of factors to put together a CPI solution, including the industry and product type, turnover, number of production plants and lines, claims history, risk mitigation, quality control and business continuity/recall plans.

Find out more about Product Contamination Insurance

If you want to discuss your unique business needs, or for a free quote, contact Regional Insurance Professionals.

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The importance of insurance: The safety net protecting your future and your family!

The importance of insurance

Let’s face it, life is full of risk. Risk when you start a business, risk when you buy a home, risk when you travel overseas. But does it stop you making decisions about the way you choose to live your life? Does it prevent you from taking a step forward in your life because of what may go wrong? Insurance is designed to help us keep living the lives we want with the intention of minimizing your risk, live without fear! Live without ‘what if’ … what if we get sick travelling? What if we get a house fire? What if our business gets robbed?

Insurance alleviates the worry and ‘what if’ about travelling overseas or starting a new business, when you have insurance that’s your safety net to going ‘all in’ with your life. Without business insurance for example your whole life’s work could potentially come to nothing if you don’t protect your asset.

The real purpose of insurance

Regional Insurance Professional’s David Cahill says “It’s imperative that we stress the importance of insurance to families. I think the real purpose of insurance gets lost sometimes and seen as just an expense. People forget the impact on their business and therefore their family if they don’t have cover or the correct cover.”

“I like to think of insurance like a community rainy day fund or charity that we all contribute to, to take care of individuals in time of need. The purpose of insurance gets a little bit lost by people as they concentrate on the expense of the ‘grudge’ purchase and not the underpinning of their lives, both health-wise and financially. I’ve seen first hand that the stress of having insufficient insurance cover, or worse, no cover at all, and I can tell you it’s far worse than the stress of budgeting for the protection of your business and your family.

“Now, we’ve been in the insurance industry for over 20 years and in that time served thousands of clients. Of course, not everyone suffers the ill fate of getting struck by a tragedy of an event, but I can assure you those of my clients who have found themselves in a bad situation have not regretted investing in insurance.”

Why get insurance?

Top motivations for our clients getting insurance are:

  • Protect your family
  • Protect yourself and your work and or home
  • Minimise risk
  • Peace of mind
  • Ability to re-build your home or business in the event of an extraordinary event

Insurance shouldn’t be seen as an expense but as a safety net that allows you to live risk free and re-build yourself if and when you need to.

Like most policies it’s a good idea to do a health check on your policies once every 12 months (or any time there’s a change in your situation) to make sure you’re getting what you need in the event an extraordinary situation were to occur.

Contact us if you’d like to talk about your specific situation or to get a free quote and make sure that you’ve got a rigorous and competitive solution in place.

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Are you doing all you can to protect your farm and your family?

As a farmer you understand risk management and how to throw hundreds of thousands of dollars out in the paddock and get it back.

However it only takes one bad year.

Farmers regularly say things like “looking at the figures over the last X years only once would Multi-Peril Crop Insurance have been beneficial.”

That’s like saying we don’t insure the $500,000 header because only once in the last X years have we had a bit of a fire where it would have been beneficial.

Don’t gamble it – protect the future of your farm and your family

Unless you can predict the future and changing weather patterns, can you afford to self-insure now when finally there is a product to give you financial backup?

If you have half a million dollars in the bank to self-insure that loss then that’s probably okay.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that self insuring doesn’t have a cost… Just one bad year can take hundreds of thousands of dollars out of your pocket and destroy your farm business.

Remember if you have to go the bank to borrow money, you pay the bank’s risk premium in their interest charges.

Also the conservatism that results from self-insuring has an opportunity cost. It restricts growth decisions such as forward selling a greater percentage of grain when prices are high, taking opportunities to expand with leasing more land or purchasing a new property or investing more in the crop when prices are up.

According to Mark Twain, ‘farming is simply gambling with dirt’ but that doesn’t have to mean you’re gambling with your farm and your family’s future.

Increasing awareness and mitigating mental health risk factors for farmers

Depression and anxiety are being talked about more and more in the farming community, with too many suicides as a result of financial pressures (in fact, the risk of suicide is significantly higher for male Australian farmers than the general population or non-farming males). Multi-Peril Income Protection goes some way to reducing these financial pressures.

When we are stressed and anxious it clouds our thinking, having protection to cover the worst case can allow you to make logical decisions. This article from the ABC demonstrates the risk and concern around mental health for WA farmers during a bleak harvest outlook or financial pressures.

If you or someone you know is at risk please reach out to Lifeline.

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People often forget what insurance is. Insurance is the pooling of money that is then used to assist those that need it.

The farming community is generally very generous providing hay and grain where and when it is needed to assist those in drought. Insurance does some of that automatically and more effectively. Insurance companies manage that pool of money and spread the risk over insurers locally and around the world.

Many people have come together to create this product for Multi-Peril Income Protection with backing through Lloyd’s of London to give farmers a way to spread the risk and allow them to compete with farmers the world over who already have access to similar products.

Don’t just survive. Thrive!

Farmers are used to being conservative when making decisions as already discussed but this product allows farmers to lift the eyes and see what could be. It helps protect family’s finances and health in what is a difficult industry.

As a broker for the professional farmer, we recommend this product. We suggest at least getting a quote for Multi-Peril Income Protection and talking through your specific situation – it costs you nothing but could result in a lot of peace of mind.

General Advice Warning

Please note: The information provided in this article is only general in nature – before making business decisions you should consider seeking advice specific to your situation.

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What’s the commotion about business interruption insurance?

In a recent blog post, Professor Allan Manning found in his and insurers’ research that 84% of SME business owners believe they are fully insured, while only 2% of Australian SME businesses are fully protected with business interruption insurance.

There is clearly a disconnect between what people believe they have, to what they really need, when it comes to a claim. This is across most classes of insurance but arguably none more so than business interruption insurance.

Furthermore,  around half of all SMEs that have an insurable loss fail within two years as a result of inadequate cover.

What is business interruption insurance?

Business interruption insurance covers the shortfall in gross profits caused by the interruption to a business from insured events, helps pay ongoing costs and protects profit margins until the business is back on its feet and back at its profit level before the interruption.

Would your business survive a prolonged interruption?

Our insurer partner, CGU, published its findings from a recent survey of nearly 500 small businesses, which found that one in four would not survive if they had to close their doors for three months.

Perhaps the most striking finding was that 1 in 7 businesses experienced a shortfall in income because of a business interruption in the past 12 months.

What can business interruption insurance cover?

Business interruption insurance can help keep you afloat while you wait for plans to be drawn up or council permits to be approved when rebuilding. It can also cover the costs of finding and fitting new premises, advertising to let your customers know you have moved and when you’re fully open for business again. Proper protection can ensure you are able to continue to pay and retain key staff while the business gets back on its feet. It can also cover interruption costs to your business, even if the damage is to another business you don’t own, such as suppliers not supplying, key customers unable to purchase your goods or when power or gas outages limit your ability to do business.

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Do I need cyber insurance for my business?

Many SME businesses could be at risk of losing money and customers because they don’t have cyber insurance or a cyber security plan, according to this AAP article published by SBS.

Only 13% of small businesses have a plan to protect their money and valuable client data, according to a monthly survey of 400 small business owners by online business management solutions provider MYOB Group.

All types and sizes of business may be susceptible to cyber attack, but attackers may consider smaller businesses more vulnerable because they are unlikely to be as well prepared as larger enterprises.

What are the most common types of cyber attacks?

Cyber attacks can involve individuals in a business being tricked into clicking on a download, email or attachment that may contain a virus or ransomware. If the attack is successful your business may be blackmailed, threatened or held to ransom. Should you pay this kind of ransom to get your business back up and running? According to this Huffpost article, no, not unless someone’s life is in danger, as there’s no guarantee the hackers will keep up their end of the bargain, and it only serves to further reinforce their behaviour.

A cyber attack may also involve a false invoice being sent to a business and money being paid to a fraudulent party.

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) received nearly 12,000 reports of cyber crime in the quarter leading up to June 2017, 51% of which related to scams or fraud and 19% to purchases or sales.

Last week the Australian government’s StaySmartOnline service, which provides information on how home internet users and small businesses can protect themselves from cyber security threats, warned of scam emails under the guise of “E-toll Account statement” or “AusPost Delivery”.

These scam emails invited email users to click on a “View in OneDrive” link which could lead to the installation of malware onto the user’s computer.

Earlier in September, a fake email circulated claiming to be an invoice for an eBay purchase, and another email claiming to be “Voice Message from 017234512978 – name unavailable” aimed to download ransomware onto the user’s computer.

Cyber attackers are typically after money already in a business’s bank account or looking to divert money that should be flowing into that account. Also, cyber attackers seek client information which can be used in identity fraud.

According to the Privacy Act, businesses that turn over more than $3 million a year are obliged to protect information and if you’ve taken no measures to protect your business and your customers, you may be liable for prosecution.

Also, clients who have personal information stolen may have a case to take legal action against the business that was attacked.

What can you do to protect your business from cyber attack?

Clearly cyber attacks have some big downsides. But remember that prevention is truly the best medicine. Risk mitigation is really about doing the basics (but ACTUALLY doing them – how many of us are guilty of having a favourite password for everything?!)

Complex, difficult to guess passwords, keeping off public wifi, ensuring your antivirus protection is up to date… most of us are aware of the common sense steps to manage our cyber risks, but we need to set aside time to ensure we’re maintaining a good basic level of hygiene. Despite that, your business could still be impacted by a cyber attack, and that’s where cyber insurance can come into play as your safety net.

Talk to us about what a right-size cyber insurance solution could look like for your business.


Bushfire warning – get ready for an early and active season

According to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre report, this year we have high fire risk forecasted for parts of WA amid the driest autumn in five years.

High bushfire risk for parts of Western Australia

Record rainfall last summer has contributed to large quantities of perennial grassland (fire fuel), combined with drying conditions as summer approaches.

The areas most at risk include the South West and western parts of the Great Southern regions, the Goldfields Midlands and parts of the Pilbara and north Midwest Gascoyne.

Fire authorities are calling for people to prepare their homes and update their bushfire activation plan immediately.

We’ve already seen instances of fires cropping up in WA, such as this one in Kununurra – don’t procrastinate your bushfire planning.

Bushfire activation plans should include an insurance review

That plan should include a review of your insurance solution – do you have any new machinery, extensions or renovations since the last time you reviewed your insurances with your broker? It doesn’t cost anything but time to make sure you’ve got that peace of mind, and it could save you heartache and money in the long run.

Look out for each other during high bushfire risk

In a Perth Now article, Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey, of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, said WA communities had known the heartbreak caused by bushfires and warned the seasonal outlook made it likely to happen again.

“Everyone needs to play their part. Prepare your home and property whether you plan to stay and defend or leave; write down your plan; ensure friends and family are aware of your intentions; share your plan with neighbours; pay attention to environmental signs and look out for each other,” he said.