Severe storm readiness

As our climate continues to change, storms will become more intense with torrential rain, hail, winds and flash flooding.

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There are a number of things you can do to help prevent storm damage, such as:

  • Trim overhanging trees
  • Clear all gutters, downpipes and drains of leaves and debris
  • Secure loose items around your property

It’s also important to check the wording of your insurance policy to make sure you’re covered in the event of a severe storm.

Monitor local media or the ACT Emergency Services Agency website for regular updates. For flood warnings, rainfall and river level information visit the Bureau of Meteorology.

Did you know?

Each year, on average, severe thunderstorms are responsible for more damage (as measured by insurance costs) than tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods or bushfires.

Outdoor workers are highly exposed to the risks of severe storms, which threaten safety in the workplace.

It's important that outdoor workers understand how to prepare for and respond to severe storms. For storm planning, use the ACT State Emergency Services Storm Safe brochure and Prepare for Storms card.

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Flash flooding can cause sewage overflows, so assume anything that came into contact with flood water is contaminated.

It’s always safest to avoid going outside during a storm.

If you’re planning on going out, always make sure you let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll return in case the weather changes.

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The main function of the ACT State Emergency Service is to undertake planning and response operations for storms and floods. They provide immediate assistance to the community during emergencies and disasters 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It’s important to help elderly or isolated neighbours get their properties ready for natural disasters.

Try helping vulnerable community members during and after storms.

Volunteering with the ACT State Emergency Service is another great way to contribute to your community. In emergencies, professional crews might not have enough staff and require volunteers.

Did you know?

The major cause of death during floods is by people entering floodwater. Be sure to stay away from floodwater and discourage children from playing near stormwater drains.

Driving: During severe storms, road access may be disrupted. Drivers can reduce this risk by checking for weather warnings, driving cautiously and responding to emergency warnings as they are issued. It’s important that you:

  • Do not drive though flooded creek or river crossings
  • Be patient and stay safe. Most flash floods in the ACT will be short lived – generally less than a few hours

Active travel: This can be extremely dangerous during storms and should be avoided where possible. Be prepared for unexpected storms by always carrying protective clothing and lights. In the event of a storm, avoid using busy roads and make yourself as visible as possible to avoid a collision.

Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.

Did you know?

A higher percentage of people in Canberra use a bicycle as the main form of transport than anywhere else in Australia.

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