Flood preparation

The seasonal outlook of increased rainfall across Australia means there’s a greater chance of flooding from local creeks, rivers and surface water. It’s important that you have a plan in the event that your property is impacted.

Flood preparation

  • Check if your home and contents insurance covers flooding.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers near the telephone.
  • Put together an emergency kit and prepare a home or business emergency plan. Visit SES to find out more.

When you hear a flood watch or weather warning

  • Listen to the radio and check the SES website for more information and advice.
  • Go over your emergency plan. Pack clothing and other extra items into your emergency kit and take this with you if you evacuate.

When flooding may happen soon (a flood warning)

  • Make sure your family members and neighbours are aware of what is happening.
  • Be ready to evacuate: Act early. Conditions change rapidly. Roads and escape routes can be covered or blocked. Don’t forget to take pets and medicine with you.
  • Put household valuables and electrical items as high as possible.
  • Secure objects likely to float and cause damage. Raise chemicals and oils well above the forecast flood height.

What to do during a flood

  • For emergency assistance, call the SES on 132 500.
  • Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater. This is the main cause of death during floods.
  • Never allow children to play in floodwater. This is the main cause of death during floods for children and young people.
  • Stay away from drains, culverts and waterways. Water can flow quickly with strong currents.
  • Stay well clear of fallen trees, power lines and damaged buildings.

What to do after a flood

  • If your property has been flooded, check with your local Council for information and advice.
  • Have all electrical and gas equipment professionally tested before use.

To find your local flood and flood preparation guide go to the SES website.