State of Alert declared for the ACT

Over the past few weeks, the ACT has been experiencing a prolonged period of hot weather, fire danger and exposure to bushfire smoke from surrounding regions. This is predicted to continue further into January 2020. A State of Alert was declared for the ACT on 2 January 2020.

With the heavy smoke conditions impacting the ACT and the fire activity on the South Coast and across NSW, there are a range of ACT Government service changes and additional supports that have been established for the community. For stakeholders in the Canberra region, a list of all changes is available on the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) website. You can also follow the ACT ESA on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

For information regarding air quality across Canberra, advice can be found on the ACT Health website. This advice is updated periodically by ACT Health.

Given the unprecedented extreme and highly unpredictable weather conditions, if you are located in a region currently or likely to be affected, we suggest that you review your safety, emergency response and WHS plans and consider how best to reduce risk and minimise any health impacts. Where appropriate this includes your staff, contractors and suppliers, and the public.

Please also remember to update your communication channels such as websites, social media, and email communications with the latest information such as event and other activity postponements and cancellations, or business closures.

If you would like to discuss these matters further, please contact Skills Canberra.

Posted 6 Janaury 2020