We produce a wide variety of language resources for flood, storm and tsunami safety, communities at risk, school programs, home and business safety advice, interactive maps and plans.
Flood Data Access Portal
The NSW Flood Data Access Program is a joint partnership between the NSW State Emergency Service and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The program aims to improve the sharing of key flood data within government and to other stakeholders, so that this information is more broadly available to be considered in decision making.
Click here to access the Flood Data Portal
The NSW SES is committed to building resilience to floods, storms and tsunami in NSW communities.
Click here to access all our lesson plans and school programs.
As one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) countries in the world, the NSW SES recognises the importance of equal access to services and information for all people, regardless of their background.
For all of our language resources available check out our Non-English speaking page
Deaf and hearing impaired
Staying connected and having insightful conversations in your community is a great way to plan and prepare for emergencies.
Attend local SES community events and chat to people who can help you and your family become more resilient in storm, flood and tsunami events. If you notice a local event in your area, come say hello - start a conversation that could help you and your community be better protected. Community Events
Tsunami Evacuation Map
The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has released new maps showing evacuation areas in the event of a land-threat tsunami.
While the likelihood of a land-threat tsunami on the east coast of Australia is low, the maps show the areas where residents and workers would have to move to higher ground in the event of a land-threat tsunami.
Marine-threat tsunamis occur once about every six years, but are usually only dangerous to swimmers and boaters because of the dangerous currents. There is no record of a land-threat tsunami in Australia since European settlement.
If there is a threat of land inundation from a tsunami, move to higher ground, at least ten meters above sea level or one kilometer away from the coast and rivers. Be sure to listen to your local radio station for information, warnings and advice.
Click here for more information about tsunami
Create an Emergency Plan
Make a Home Emergency Plan for you and your family.
A Home emergency plan allows you to know and plan what you will do in the event of a emergency. The online home emergency plan will show you key contacts for you area, steps to take during an emergency and also what you should take with you if evacuation or isolation is possible.
If you have a business you need to consider your risks during storm and flood emergencies.
It's time to make your Business Emergency Plan
We recommend that you and your family have an Emergency Kit made and ready to go, in case of evacuation, isolation or inundation.
Click here for more information on how you can create your own emergency kit
Get Ready with Tim and Tracy
With the start of storm season, watch couple Tim and Tracy work together to encourage NSW communities to Get Ready.
The Hawkesbury-Nepean River is one of the major river systems of NSW, draining a catchment area of 22,000 square kilometres. Exceptionally heavy rainfall in this area can lead to severe flooding.
This is worsened below Richmond by the fact that water flows into the valley much faster than it can flow out.
In the largest flood of record, which occurred in June 1867 flood waters reached approximately 12 metres higher than the deck of the present-day Windsor Bridge. Even larger floods than the 1867 are possible. Maps of the areas inundated in the 1867 flood are available for download.
Flood Risk Management Planning Guides
One of the key findings of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Management Strategy (1998) was that the planning and construction of urban development on the floodplain must be improved to reduce the impact of flooding on people and property. To this end, the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Management Advisory Committee commissioned the production of flood-specific planning guidelines. The three guidelines published here are the result of a collaboration between state and local government and also involved research and testing by independent research organisations including several NSW universities (Sydney, Macquarie, Newcastle) and the CSIRO.Flood emergency management is focussed on protecting people first and then their property. The capability to evacuate people off the floodplain is the key flood emergency management strategy.
The guidelines recognise that all new development should be designed and built to ensure that emergency management action can be safely and efficiently implemented when a flood threatens. The guidelines will also assist individuals and businesses to minimise the damage that would otherwise be done to their property when it is flooded. Houses and buildings cannot be moved as a flood approaches but basic modifications, some required at the time of construction, can make the difference between a total flood loss and a recoverable asset.
These guidelines are voluntary and are not part of any mandatory State planning code or regulations in NSW. The guidelines are provided for the advice of individuals and organisations that are genuinely interested in producing better flood emergency risk management outcomes.