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) 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.
For additional information in regard to staying safe from storms please go to www.stormsafe.com.au
2013 StormSafe Campaign community events
|Friday 20 September||10:00am – 4:00pm||Floriade Kid’s Corner|
|Friday 20 September||11:00am – 11:30am||2013 StormSafe Campaign launch by Minister Corbell at Floriade Kid’s Corner|
|Saturday 21 September||10:00am – 4:00pm||Government House Family Open Day|
|Sunday 22 September||10:00am – 4:00pm||The National Arboretum|
|Monday 23 September||10:00am – 3:30pm||Westfield Belconnen|
|Tuesday 24 September||10:00am – 3:30pm||Westfield Belconnen|
|Sunday 29 September||10:00am – 4:00pm||QLab, Questacon|
|Sunday 29 September||10:00am – 4:00pm||The National Arboretum|