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Preparing For Storm Season

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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