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.

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 ACTSES StormSafe brochure [PDF 2 MB] and the ACTSES StormSafe “8 Tips you can do now to prepare for storms” Card [PDF 1 MB].

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

Tsunami Safety Information

ACT is the only state or territory of Australia that has no coast line. As such the impact by a tsunami on our location is nil.
However, given the large numbers of the ACT community that weekly travel to the south coast of NSW most weekends and holidays, many ACT residence could be impacted on by this rare natural disaster.

To ensure ACT residences have access to current and appropriate information about tsunami ACTSES has linked to the NSW State Emergency Service (NSWSES) information site. This way relevant local information, emergency plans and actions to take will be in accordance with NSWSES requirements.

To view the most up to date information regarding tsunamis in NSW visit

What StormSafe means for you

This page was last modified on February 4th, 2016