TRIM it, tie it and tuck it away is the tip for Newcastle residents heading into this year's storm season.
Storms are most frequent and severe from October to March.
As we approach October, the NSW SES has urged Hunter residents to take time for home maintenance to reduce unnecessary storm damage calls to the SES.
The NSW SES spent 13,461 hours attending to 1410 storm damage calls in the Hunter region last financial year.
Of those, 72 per cent were between October and March.
NSW SES media officer Garry Luxton said trimming overhanging branches, clearing gutters and drains and tying down lightweight objects would reduce work for the SES after a storm.
NRMA Insurance spokesperson Mariana Cidade said storm claims made up almost half of NRMA home insurance claims last year.
Mrs Cidade said much damage to roofs and gutters could be prevented with basic home maintenance.
"The best time to prepare for a storm is when you're not in the middle of one," she said.
Go to stormsafe.com.au for SES advice on how to be storm-safe.