Storms 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.
The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) in partnership with NRMA Insurance conducts a high profile StormSafe community awareness campaign in September every year encouraging Canberrans to prepare their homes and families for storms.