The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) is urging the community to consider the weather before heading out for Australia Day festivities in the coming hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a warn in for severe stirms in the ACT and surrounding region over the next several hours producing damaging winds and large hailstones.
ACTSES units are on standby to respond to calls for help from the public if required but residents should undertake the following actions to be prepared:
o Shelter pets and animals;
o Shelter vehicles or cover with blankets to minimise damage;
o Disconnect electrical appliances from the power; and
o Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.
The ACTSES also urges the community to monitor conditions when storms are forecast via the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) website www.esa.act.gov.au ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts, Canberra Connect Call Centre on 13 22 81 and the Bureau of Meteorology website http://www.bom.gov.au/act/