FloodSafe 8 Tips: Things you can do before a flood

If you live, work or visit a flood‐prone area there are 8 tips you can do NOW to prepare for floods:

1. Know your riskFloodSafe 8 Tips

  • Find out about the local flood history
  • Know the heights at which your home, business and/or property could be affected by floodwater
  • Contact your local council if you want more information on how flooding could directly affect your property
  • Talk with people who have been in the area a long time for about their experiences of floods locally
  • Be aware of the natural signs of flooding
  • Know how you may be warned of popssible flooding

2. Know where to go

  • Find the safest route to travel in the event that you might need to evacuate and identify the height at which your evacuation route may be cut
  • Find out where any evacuation centres could be set up in your area
  • Check with friends and relatives outside the flood prone area to organise a place to go

3. Know who to call

  • For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500
  • Keep local emergency numbers handy (near your phone, in your mobile and on your fridge)
  • In a life‐threatening emergency, call 000 (triple zero)

4. Know your plan

  • To help households and businesses plan for flooding, the NSW SES has developed a Home Emergency Plan and Business FloodSafe Toolkit:

             Home Emergency Plan

             Business FloodSafe Toolkit 

  • Complete, share and practice your plan with family and neighbours
  • Review your plan annually and after flood events

5. Get your kit together

  • Put together an emergency kit for your home or business

            Get your kit together 

6. Prepare now to act early

  • Talk with your local NSW SES members about being FloodSafe
  • Know the triggers, warnings and natural signs of flooding so that you can act quickly
  • Practice your plan and share it with neighbours

7. Check your insurance

  • Make sure your insurance is suitable to your situation and risk
  • Check the coverage is adequate
  • Make sure your insurance is current

8. Listen to local radio

  • Listen to local radio for information, updates and advice
  • Information will also be posted through social media


Download:

FloodSafe 8 Tips Postcard

FloodSafe 8 Tips Poster

 


Shortly  before a flood

If you live or work in a flood‐prone area there are simple things you can do when a Flood Watch is issued to prepare for floods:

  • Listen to your local radio station for information, updates and advice.
  • Locate and check your Emergency Kit
  • Check on your neighbours and make sure they are aware of the Flood Watch
  • Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater
  • Locate and get ready to activate your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan

Download the Before a Flood factsheet