Canberrans reminded to be StormSafe

Released 20/09/2014

Canberrans need to prepare for the ACT storm season in order to minimise damage and risk, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today at the launch of the annual

ACT State Emergency Service StormSafe campaign, at Floriade.

The campaign reminds all ACT residents to be 'StormSafe' during the upcoming storm period.

 "With the storm season here from now until till March, it is important for all of us to prepare to minimise damage and risk at our homes," Mr Corbell said.

"Once again this season, the ACTSES has partnered with the NRMA and is reminding the ACT community that 'doing a little could save the lot'.

"Clearing gutters, trimming trees and branches, securing loose outdoor furniture as well as replacing any broken roof tiles are some of the ways we can all be more StormSafe."

Over the next week, ACTSES volunteers will conduct a series of educational activities to inform children and remind parents how to be more StormSafe.

Following today's activities at Floriade, the National Arboretum and Questacon will next weekend host ACTSES volunteers to show ways we can prepare our properties for storm season.

During the lead up to today's StormSafe launch, ACTSES Volunteers teamed up with Canberra Legacy to personally assist Canberra widows by cleaning out gutters and downpipes and trimming tree branches where necessary to assist in preparing their homes for the storm season.

"Last week's work with Canberra Legacy will prove very beneficial during the next downpour or storm activity," Mr Corbell said.

"Ensuring gutters are clear of leaves and debris greatly improves water flow during storms and heavy rains. Last financial year, there were 1,417 calls for help to the ACTSES for storm and flood assistance.

The ACTSES is ready to respond any time of the day or night, every day of the year. Residents who require storm or flood assistance can call the ACTSES on 132 500.

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