ABC TV presents the three-part documentary series

Big Weather (and how to survive it)

From the frontlines of Australia's Black Summer of 2019-20, Big Weather (and how to survive it) delivers a message about how our weather is changing and what we can do to survive it.

The three-part series is coming to ABC TV + iview on Tuesday October 13, 20 and 27 at 8.30pm, with encore screenings each Saturday and Monday. It will be available on iview after the broadcast.

Presenter Craig Reucassel shares stories from frontline disaster crews, experts and communities dealing with the effects of escalating extreme weather events to answer some questions: Why are these events becoming less predictable and more intense? And what can we do to prepare, survive and adapt into the future? 


Big Weather Get Together

Plan your event any time after the final episode airs on 27 October 2020

When big weather events strike, being prepared, knowing your neighbours and being connected with your community can make a huge difference. In fact, research shows the more connected a community is, the more resilient it is to disaster. One way to get ready for big weather and check in with your neighbours, family and friends, is to host a Big Weather Get Together!

Encourage your community to watch Big Weather (and how to survive it) and start a conversation about the series, the big weather risks in your area, and what you can do to be #ReadyTogether.

Your Big Weather Get Together might take the form of a street party, a barbecue at your local fire station or sports club, or an online meet-up. Whatever works best for your community and fits within the local restrictions on gatherings.

Explore the Big Weather Get Together resources, including invitations, posters, how-to guides, conversation starters, quizzes, social media images and videos to get started.

Get prepared and informed


  • Tune into your local ABC Radio station 
  • Visit ABC Emergency for up-to-date information about bushfires, storms, flooding and other emergencies from around Australia, along with advice to protect you and your property.
  • Visit ABC Your Planet for more climate and environment stories that will inform, entertain and empower all Australians to be part of the solution to the climate challenge

Australian Red Cross

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