Canberra are you storm ready?

Released 01/09/2020

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) is encouraging the Canberra community to prepare for the 2020-21 storm season and make repairs to previous storm damage now.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said Canberra typically experienced an increase in severe weather events from September to March each year.

"January 2020 saw Canberra face its largest hailstorm in decades, leaving a trail of destruction and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to properties and vehicles," Minister Gentleman said.

"ACTSES, ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service worked together to respond to over 4000 requests for assistance from the Canberra community.

"Our ACTSES volunteers work hard to help the Canberra community before, during and after major weather and storm events - you can help them by ensuring you and your property is storm ready.

"Severe weather can happen year-round and Canberrans need to remember to follow the advice from the ACTSES to ensure they are prepared and understand what to do before, during and after a storm.

"Thank you to all of our ACTSES volunteers and members of ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service for your dedication to keeping the community safe during major weather events and other emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

ACTSES Acting Chief Officer Matt Shonk said "We ask the community to take the time now to prepare your property, understand what to expect during a storm and what to do when the storm has passed to Be Storm Ready".

Canberrans can Be Storm Ready by:

  • maintaining your yard and balcony by securing or removing items that could blow around in strong winds
  • making permanent repairs to previous storm damage
  • preparing an emergency plan and emergency kit.

For information and tips on how you can Be Storm Ready, visit

If you need assistance during storms or flood, contact the ACTSES on 135 500. In life threatening emergencies always call Triple Zero (000).

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