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Are you ready for storm season?

By johnboy - 20 September 2013 14

We have a new season! STORM SEASON!

With winter seemingly having lost its fangs we needed something new.

Simon Corbell has issued a warning:

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 nice to see government policy so resolutely focussed on the well to do; with a choice of insurance and whether to garage their cars or not.

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14 Responses to
Are you ready for storm season?
RedDogInCan 1:49 am 24 Sep 13

Barcham said :

The hilarious part is the idea that anyone would desperately wish for human caused climate change to be true.

I would have thought the complete opposite. If it is human caused then we have the ability to do something about it. The alternative is that it is a natural occurrence and we are pretty much fscked.

shauno 7:27 pm 23 Sep 13

tim_c said :

I thought it was only the well-to-do that didn’t bother with insurance – ie. those who can afford to buy everything all over again.

The well to do are usually people who do get there insurance and are sensible with there money lol.

troll-sniffer 5:32 pm 23 Sep 13

Roundhead89 said :

Cue the climate change believers saying the storm season is due to climate change. A bit like how they tried to claim that the king tide last January (which happens every year) was also due to climate change. At least they haven’t claimed that Daylight Saving is caused by climate change, but with their increasing desperation over the change of government and with the annual debate about faded curtains still to begin there’s still time yet…

What saddens me is that because we live in a full democracy you have the same right to vote as thinking people who can actually understand the concept of human induced change of climate over what is an instant of geological time.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:36 pm 23 Sep 13

Roundhead89 said :

Cue the climate change believers saying the storm season is due to climate change. A bit like how they tried to claim that the king tide last January (which happens every year) was also due to climate change. At least they haven’t claimed that Daylight Saving is caused by climate change, but with their increasing desperation over the change of government and with the annual debate about faded curtains still to begin there’s still time yet…

You really do have a walnut sized brain, huh?

Barcham 4:32 pm 23 Sep 13

The hilarious part is the idea that anyone would desperately wish for human caused climate change to be true.

johnboy 4:26 pm 23 Sep 13

I do love the ability to put erroneous arguments into the mouths of others when they fail to do it for you.

Roundhead89 4:23 pm 23 Sep 13

Cue the climate change believers saying the storm season is due to climate change. A bit like how they tried to claim that the king tide last January (which happens every year) was also due to climate change. At least they haven’t claimed that Daylight Saving is caused by climate change, but with their increasing desperation over the change of government and with the annual debate about faded curtains still to begin there’s still time yet…

magiccar9 2:28 pm 23 Sep 13

Thumper said :

To be fair JB, Canberra in Spring is known for its winds…

You’re right, there is a lot of hot wind in Canberra…

beardedclam 2:24 pm 23 Sep 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Perhaps the government could announce to Canberra people that the SES is not there to put a bucket under the dripping of your leaky roof, this is a job for a roof tiler or a plumber. Every time we have a bit of rain you hear on the radio that there were hundreds of calls to the emergency services, some due to leaking roofs. A little water on the carpet is not an emergency, but someone trapped in their car due to a falling tree is. There is a bit of a difference and it disgusts me to think people would abuse a service in this way. Perhaps a “voluntary” contribution could be donated every time an SES worker has to put a tarp over a broken tile or clear a blocked downpipe.

If I ever need the SES, I will be happy to pay them money.

beardedclam 2:22 pm 23 Sep 13

No Storm Warning here……Go the Newcastle Knights!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wildturkeycanoe 1:22 pm 23 Sep 13

Perhaps the government could announce to Canberra people that the SES is not there to put a bucket under the dripping of your leaky roof, this is a job for a roof tiler or a plumber. Every time we have a bit of rain you hear on the radio that there were hundreds of calls to the emergency services, some due to leaking roofs. A little water on the carpet is not an emergency, but someone trapped in their car due to a falling tree is. There is a bit of a difference and it disgusts me to think people would abuse a service in this way. Perhaps a “voluntary” contribution could be donated every time an SES worker has to put a tarp over a broken tile or clear a blocked downpipe.

Thumper 11:17 am 23 Sep 13

To be fair JB, Canberra in Spring is known for its winds, thus storm season. And the public simply won’t listen unless it is given a scary name.

It’s by far the busiest time for SES, especially if it rains, given the wind and the propensity for large gum trees to fall over and squash houses, cars, fences, small mammals, etc.

Apart from that, you’d be amazed at the number of people who neglect to clean their gutters and then are shocked when their ceilings start leaking, grow upsidedown mushrooms, or collapse.

tim_c 10:03 am 23 Sep 13

I thought it was only the well-to-do that didn’t bother with insurance – ie. those who can afford to buy everything all over again.

HiddenDragon 12:44 pm 20 Sep 13

I assume this new-found enthusiasm for storm precaution doesn’t extend to dealing with big, threatening “protected” trees – which are, of course, when it’s all said and done, so much more important than (other people’s) homes and lives.

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