Storms and floods

lightning stormStorms can happen anywhere, at any time of the year. They are more common in the ACT during the main period of increased storm activity from September to the end of February, but it’s important to be prepared all year round.

Severe storms can cause major damage. They may be accompanied by torrential rain, strong winds, large hailstones and lightning, which can cause flash flooding, unroof buildings and damage trees or power lines. Australia’s greatest costs, in terms of insured losses, are caused by storms.

You can also be indirectly affected by storms even if your property is not damaged. If access roads are cut or you have no power or telephone, you need to know what to do – and where to turn for help.


Weather the storm - be ready. Plan ahead. NRMA Proudly supports SESThe ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) conducts an annual community awareness campaign in September to educate Canberrans about preparations they should undertake to protect their properties during a storm.

This coincides with historically increased storm activity in the region.

In 2013/14 the ACTSES is partnering with NRMA Insurance to deliver the annual ACT StormSafe campaign for the sixth consecutive year.

The campaign is designed to educate you and your family about how to prepare for storms and encourage you to take action to reduce the impact when storms do occur in the Territory.

You can learn more about how to prepare for storms and floods with the storm and flood information guide [.PDF 2 MB] or visit the NRMA Insurance interactive Help House.

For additional information in regard to staying safe from storms please go to


2014 StormSafe Campaign community events

Date Time Event Location
Saturday 20 September 11:00am – 12:00pm ACT 2014 StormSafe Campaign Launch Floriade
Saturday 20 September 8:30am – 3:00pm Floriade Children’s Day Floriade
Saturday 27 September 10:00am – 4:00pm Children activities, Q-Lab Questacon
Saturday 27 September 9:30am – 4:00pm Children activities, Community Education The National Arboretum
Sunday 28 September 9:30am – 4:00pm Children activities, Community Education The National Arboretum

What StormSafe means for you

This page was last modified on October 30th, 2014