Minister urges Canberrans to plan ahead this storm season

Released 20/09/2013

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today launched the ACT State Emergency Service (SES) StormSafe campaign at Floriade in Commonwealth Park.  

Mr Corbell said the theme of this year's campaign is Weather the Storm – Be ready. Plan Ahead.

"The message will be used to increase community awareness of the storm season, and to encourage people to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their property," he said.

"Last financial year, the ACTSES received 1647 calls for help for storm and flood assistance."

Simple precautions people can take to prepare their properties this storm season include:

  • Clearing gutters of leaves and debris
  • Trimming overhanging tree branches
  • Securing loose outdoor furniture
  • Repairing any roof damage; and,
  • Moving cars under cover or away from trees during storms

"People should also check that their insurance policies are current," Mr Corbell said.

"It's also important to have an emergency plan prepared in the event of severe storms, and to have an emergency kit ready including medications and a portable radio."

A number of educational activities will be held across Canberra during the StormSafe campaign.

ACTSES volunteers will visit Questacon, Westfield Belconnen, the National Arboretum and Government House to promote ways for children and parents to be StormSafe.

The ACTSES StormSafe campaign runs until 29 September 2013.


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