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Preparing for Floods and Storms

 

Preparing for and coping with floods

If you live close to a creek, river or major stormwater drain, or in a low-lying area, you may be at risk from flooding even if you haven't experienced it personally. There are some basic measures you can take to stay safer in floods.

What you can do now

Find out whether you live in a flood-prone area. Your Council or local SES Unit can help you. There should be a copy of your local flood plan in the Council library.

If you do live in a flood-prone area, ask your local SES if there is a flood guide for your area. Find out the following:

  • How deep the water could get in and around your property.
  • Whether you might need to evacuate or could get cut off by flooding.
  • What the safest evacuation route would be.

You can also make a family emergency kit, with items you and your family members will need in floods, storms and other emergencies. For details on making a family emergency kit, click here.


When there is a flood warning

When you know or suspect that a flood warning has been issued, do the following:

  • Listen to your local radio station for updates.
  • Check that your immediate neighbours have heard the warnings.
  • Prepare yourself and your property.

You may need to do the following:

  • Move garbage containers, chemicals and poisons beyond the reach of the water.
  • Secure objects that might float away and cause damage.
  • Move stock and equipment to high ground.
  • Stack your furniture and other possessions beyond the reach of the water. Place electrical goods on top.
  • Check your car and keep it full of fuel.

 

If you need to or are told to evacuate

  • Empty refrigerators and freezers, leave the doors open and turn the power off.
  • Turn off the electricity, gas and water.
  • Put your valuables, mementoes and medication into your emergency kit and take it with you.
  • Place your pets on leads or in approved carriers and take them with you.
  • When you leave, tell the Police or the SES!
  • After the flood arrives
  • Don't walk or drive through flood water unless an emergency-services person tells you to.
  • Keep listening to your local radio station.
  • Avoid using gas or electrical appliances that have come in contact with flood water.
  • Drink only bottled or boiled water until water supplies have been declared safe.
  • Never eat food that has been in contact with flood water.
  • Keep in touch with your neighbours in case they need help.

 

How the SES can help

The SES is responsible for dealing with floods in New South Wales. This includes planning for them and educating people about how to protect themselves and their property. During a flood, SES volunteers are responsible for flood safety advice, evacuation, rescue and the provision of essentials to people cut off by flood waters.

If you would like to know more about how to protect yourself and your belongings before a flood, or to find out about volunteering with the SES, phone 1 800 201 000.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call 132 500.

 

 

Preparing For and Coping With Storms

Storms can happen anywhere, at any time of the year. During storm season (from October to the end of April), storms are more common in most areas of New South Wales, but it's important to stay ready all year round.

What you can do now

  • Clean your gutters at least once a year.
  • Trim overhanging branches.
  • Keep your yard or balcony free from clutter.
  • Make a family emergency kit, with items you and your family members will need in floods, storms and other emergencies. For details on making a family emergency kit, click here.

When there is a storm warning

  • Listen to local radio for information and advice.
  • Bring children and pets indoors.
  • Park your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Put your family emergency kit where you can find it easily.
  • If you need help from the SES, wait for the storm to pass (if possible) and phone 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies, phone 000 immediately.

While the storm is passing through, stay indoors if possible. If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road clear of streams, trees and power lines and wait for the storm to ease. If you are caught outdoors, find emergency shelter (not under a tree).

After the storm

  • Keep listening to local radio for information and advice.
  • Check your house for damage. If you need help from the SES, phone 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies, phone 000.
  • Stay well clear of creeks and drains, fallen trees and power lines and damaged structures.

How the SES can help

The SES is responsible for dealing with storms in New South Wales. This includes planning for them and educating people about how to protect themselves and their property. During a storm, SES volunteers are responsible for managing storm debris, providing access to homes and businesses, making temporary repairs to storm-damaged structures, giving storm-safety advice and rescuing people trapped or injured by storms.

If you would like to know more about how to protect yourself and your belongings before a flood, or to find out about volunteering with the SES, phone 1 800 201 000.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call 132 500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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