Flood, Storm and Tsunami Plans

How does NSW SES plan for floods, storms and tsunami?

Returning to your property after a flood?

The SES will issue an 'All Clear' when it is safe for residents and businesses to return to a flood affected area, previously subject to an Evacuation Order.

Learn more about floods

If you live close to a creek, river, major storm water drain or in a low‐lying area, you may be at risk from floods.

Using sandbags to protect your home

Learn how to sandbag your home to help reduce the impact of floods.

Hawkesbury-Nepean FloodSafe

Click here to view Hawkesbury-Nepean River Flood Risk Management Planning Guides

Before a flood

How does NSW SES plan for Floods, Storms and Tsunami?

The NSW SES undertakes flood, storm and tsunami planning as a legislative responsibility to determine how to best respond in times of emergency.

Know Your Risk

If you live close to a creek, river, major storm water drain or in a low‐lying area, you may be at risk from floods.

Plan Now For What You Will Do

One of the most important things you can do now is to plan for future flood events.

Things you can do before a flood

There are some simple things you can do now to prepare for floods and minimise potential risk to life, damage and associated costs

Be Aware

There are a range of official warnings and natural warning signs to be aware of in case flooding affects you in future.

Look out for each other

It's important to look out for each other and consider what you might need to do for different members of your family and don't forget your neighbours!

Click here to learn more 

Deaf and hearing impaired

FloodSafe for people living with low or no hearing. Many people across NSW are affected by dangerous floods and there have been avoidable deaths due to flooding.

During a flood

FloodSafe for rural areas

The effects of flooding on rural property owners include losses to livestock, crops, fencing, buildings, personal items, farm equipment and machinery. Learn what to do before and during floods.

Using sandbags to protect your home

Sandbags will not stop the water completely but can reduce the amount of water entering your home. During low level flooding, sandbags placed in the right locations around your home can reduce the impact of flooding.

As little as 25 sandbags can reduce the damage to your home built on a slab. It is not necessary to place a sandbag wall around your house to provide protection.

Know Your Risk

There are plenty of risks that can affect you in a flood.

Learn more

Plan Now For What You Will Do

Discussing your plans, even at the last minute, can help ensure you and your family are safe during a flood.

Prepare Your Home and Business

When flooding is likely or imminent, there are a few things you can do to protect your family and property

Be Aware

Be aware of the different ways you might be warned of flooding in your area

Look Out For Each Other

Look out for each other when flooding is imminent

After a flood

Know Your Risk

Even though the flood water may have subsided, after a flood there a still risks that can affect people's health and wellbeing

Plan Now For What You Will Do

Planning for floods especially after you have just been through one, helps you remember all the things you need to do and gives you an advantage next time it floods. 

Prepare Your Home and Business

There are little things you can do to manage some of the risks that remain when you return to an affected property following a flood

Be Aware

 

Be aware of how the NSW SES advises you that it is safe to return to a disaster affected area and some of the residual risks that often remain

Look Out For Each Other

After floods there are a range of things you can do to look out for each other

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Upcoming community events

Yass High School
NAIDOC

NAIDOC

Thursday

20/09/18 8:00 to 20/09/18 17:00

Wyong Public School
Wyong SES visit to Wyong Public School Careers Event

Wyong SES visit to Wyong Public School Careers Event

Thursday

20/09/18 8:15 to 20/09/18 12:30

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Wyong Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Lake Munmorah High School
Wyong SES visit to Lake Munmorah High School

Wyong SES visit to Lake Munmorah High School

Friday

21/09/18 9:00 to 21/09/18 12:00

Wyong SES has been invited to Lake Munmorah High School as they "Pray for Volunteers". Members will also give a short talk to students and families present about the roles the SES play in our local community and how they can volunteer or help.

Woodcroft Lake, Woodcroft Drive, Woodcroft 2767
Woodcroft Festival - Blacktown

Woodcroft Festival - Blacktown

Saturday

22/09/18 8:00 to 22/09/18 16:00

The Blacktown NSW SES Unit will be at the Woodcroft festival in Blacktown. Come and meet Paddy Platypus and our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display.

Wyong SES at Sport Fest Bateau Bay

Wyong SES at Sport Fest Bateau Bay

Saturday

22/09/18 8:00 to 23/09/18 16:00

Wyong SES volunteers helping at the local Sports Fest Skateboard Competition, assisting with car parking and showing a presence in our local community.

Boggabri
Boggabri Spring Fair

Boggabri Spring Fair

Saturday

22/09/18 8:00 to 22/09/18 14:45

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Boggabri Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Canowindra Showground
Canowindra Show

Canowindra Show

Saturday

22/09/18 10:00 to 22/09/18 16:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Canowindra Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Ulladulla HQ, Camden St, Ulladulla
Shoalhaven Combined Units Open Day

Shoalhaven Combined Units Open Day

Saturday

22/09/18 12:00 to 22/09/18 15:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Ulladulla Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Bong Bong Street Bowral
Tulip Time Street Parade

Tulip Time Street Parade

Saturday

22/09/18 14:00 to 22/09/18 15:30

Come see members from NSW SES Wingecarribee Unit, at the 2018 Tulip Time Parade in Bowral

Lockhart
Lockhart Show

Lockhart Show

Sunday

23/09/18 7:00 to 23/09/18 17:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from The Rock Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Yamba River Markets Ford Park Wolli St Yamba
Storm Safe Awarenees; Yamba River Markets

Storm Safe Awarenees; Yamba River Markets

Sunday

23/09/18 9:00 to 23/09/18 14:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Yamba Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

The Entrance
Wyong SES help at Dads Day Out

Wyong SES help at Dads Day Out

Sunday

23/09/18 9:30 to 23/09/18 14:30

Wyong SES members helping the local community at Dads Day Out, and manning a truck and display to give a greater awareness to those in our community about our role.

Open Day

Open Day

Sunday

23/09/18 10:00

Golden Jubilee Field, 7 Esk Street, North Wahroonga
Open Day

Open Day

Sunday

23/09/18 10:00 to 23/09/18 14:00

You are invited to the annual Open Day being held by the Ku-ring-gai SES and the Ku-ring-gai Bush Fire Brigade on Sunday September 23 from 10:00 AM to 2.00 PM at our headquarters in North Wahroonga. This will be a fun and entertaining day for all the family and a great opportunity to "Get Ready" for the bushfire and storm events that often...

Rileys Hill Dry Dock, Dock Road, Rileys Hill, NSW, 2472.
Rileys Hill Dry Dock Open Day

Rileys Hill Dry Dock Open Day

Sunday

23/09/18 10:00 to 23/09/18 15:00

The Broadwater NSW SES Unit will be at the Rileys Hill Dry Dock Family Fun Day. Come and meet our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display.

Ulmarra Colestream st
Ulmarra Open Day

Ulmarra Open Day

Sunday

23/09/18 10:00 to 23/09/18 12:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Ulmarra Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Town Farm Exeter street Camden
Camden TASTE festival

Camden TASTE festival

Sunday

23/09/18 12:00 to 23/09/18 17:00

Camden SES will be at TASTE festival (formally food, wine and music festival) again this year. Come along , enjoy the atmosphere and chat to the local volunteers about how you can prepare for the storm season ahead

NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit Gate 3, Thompson Drive Terrey Hills
Recruitment Information Session

Recruitment Information Session

Tuesday

25/09/18 19:00 to 25/09/18 20:30

Interested in volunteering with the NSW State Emergency Service? The Warringah / Pittwater Unit is hosting an information session on Tuesday 25 September 2018 at the local headquarters. https://www.facebook.com/events/923471967846486

Dapto Showground, Princes Highway, Dapto
Dapto Showground

Dapto Showground

Saturday

29/09/18 9:01 to 29/09/18 16:01

The Coniston NSW SES Unit will be at the Dapto Showground. Come and meet Paddy Platypus and our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display. We will be talking If its flooded, forget it.

Boorowa
Boorowa Woolfest

Boorowa Woolfest

Sunday

30/09/18 9:00 to 30/09/18 16:00

Wooli Sports Ground
Wooli Goanna Pulling Competition

Wooli Goanna Pulling Competition

Sunday

30/09/18 9:00 to 30/09/18 16:00

Wooli family fun day with the Goanna pulling championships

Albury Show Ground
Country Hope - Convoy for kids 2018

Country Hope - Convoy for kids 2018

Sunday

30/09/18 11:00 to 30/09/18 15:56

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Albury Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Springwood Community HUB
Planning for Animals In Emergencies

Planning for Animals In Emergencies

Saturday

06/10/18 9:30 to 06/10/18 15:00

Members of the Blue Mountains SES Unit along with other emergency organisations will be conducting a seminar on how to manage animals during emergencies.

29 Park Avenue, Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour Unit Open Day

Coffs Harbour Unit Open Day

Saturday

06/10/18 10:00 to 06/10/18 14:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Coffs Harbour Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Pottsville Beach Markets
SES display-Pottsville Beach Markets

SES display-Pottsville Beach Markets

Sunday

07/10/18 5:30 to 07/10/18 12:30

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Tweed Coast Unit. We'll have information to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Pottsville beach markets. Tweed Coast Rd
Tweed Coast -Pottsville beach markets

Tweed Coast -Pottsville beach markets

Sunday

07/10/18 5:56

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Harrington Waters Function Centre
HAR EXPO Business Chamber

HAR EXPO Business Chamber

Saturday

13/10/18 6:00 to 13/10/18 15:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Harrington Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Harden Racecourse
Harden Kite Festival

Harden Kite Festival

Saturday

13/10/18 8:00 to 13/10/18 14:00

46 Muldoon Street Taree
NSW SES Taree City Unit Open Day

NSW SES Taree City Unit Open Day

Saturday

13/10/18 9:00 to 13/10/18 14:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Hazelbrook
Hazelbrook Family Fun Day

Hazelbrook Family Fun Day

Saturday

13/10/18 12:00 to 13/10/18 16:00

The Blue Mountains NSW SES Unit will be at the Hazelbrook Fun Day at Gloria Park. Meet our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters.

Irrawang Primary School
Irrawang Primary School 50 Year Celebration

Irrawang Primary School 50 Year Celebration

Friday

19/10/18 7:00 to 19/10/18 13:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Hill Top Public School
Hill Top P.S. Bounce Fair

Hill Top P.S. Bounce Fair

Friday

19/10/18 12:00 to 19/10/18 19:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Wingecarribee Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Murrumbateman
Murrumbateman Field Day

Murrumbateman Field Day

Saturday

20/10/18 7:00 to 21/10/18 17:00

Oatley Town Centre
Oatley Village Festival

Oatley Village Festival

Saturday

20/10/18 8:00 to 20/10/18 16:00

Assisting Lions Club with traffic as well as SES display

Hornsby Heights Public School
Hornsby Heights Public School Bushland Fair

Hornsby Heights Public School Bushland Fair

Saturday

20/10/18 9:00 to 20/10/18 15:00

The Hornsby NSW SES Unit will be at the Hornsby Heights Public School Bushland Fair. Come and meet Paddy Platypus and our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display.

Moss Vale Showground
Relay For Life Southern Highlands

Relay For Life Southern Highlands

Saturday

20/10/18 10:00 to 21/10/18 10:00

Come see us and visit the SES Display staffed by volunteers from Wingecarribee Unit. We'll not only be taking part in the Southern Highlands Relay for Life but will have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Bradman Oval, Bowral NSW
Triple Zero Cricket

Triple Zero Cricket

Sunday

21/10/18 7:00 to 21/10/18 15:00

The NSW SES Wingecarribee Unit will be at the Triple Zero Cricket Challenge, Come and meet Paddy Platypus and our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display.

Railway Primary School
School Display/Fete

School Display/Fete

Tuesday

23/10/18 14:00 to 23/10/18 17:30

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Broken Hill Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Lismore City SES
Bexhill public school Unit visit

Bexhill public school Unit visit

Friday

26/10/18 9:00 to 26/10/18 11:00

on the 26th of October the K-2 group of students from bexhill Public School till be ateending the Lismore City SES to learn about who we are and what we do.

The Entrance
Wyong SES assistance at ChromFest

Wyong SES assistance at ChromFest

Saturday

27/10/18 6:30 to 27/10/18 15:00

The Wyong NSW SES Unit will be at ChromeFest. Come and meet our friendly volunteers and check out the amazing show cars. We will also be assisting with the shuttle buses.

Kingscliff Beachside Market
Kingscliff Beachside Market SES stall

Kingscliff Beachside Market SES stall

Saturday

27/10/18 6:30 to 27/10/18 12:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Tweed Coast Unit. We'll have information to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

ChromeFest

ChromeFest

Saturday

27/10/18 7:00

Glenbrook Public School
Woman Alive Festival

Woman Alive Festival

Saturday

27/10/18 9:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from the Blue Mountains Unit. We'll have hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Glenbrook Public School
Zonta Women Alive

Zonta Women Alive

Saturday

27/10/18 9:00 to 27/10/18 15:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Blue Mountains Unit at the "Zonta WomenAlive" event. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

The Entrance
Wyong SES ASsisting at ChromeFest

Wyong SES ASsisting at ChromeFest

Sunday

28/10/18 5:00 to 28/10/18 16:00

The Wyong NSW SES Unit will be at ChromeFest. Come and meet our friendly volunteers, and check out the amazing show cars. We will also be assisting with the shuttle buses.

Cumberland State Forest
Cumberland Forest Fair

Cumberland Forest Fair

Sunday

28/10/18 9:00 to 28/10/18 15:00

The Hornsby NSW SES Unit will be at the Cumberland Forest Fair. Come and meet Paddy Platypus and our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display.

At the front of Bungendore IGA
Stormsafe Community Engagement at local IGA

Stormsafe Community Engagement at local IGA

Friday

02/11/18 23:00 to 03/11/18 11:45

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Bungendore Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Blackheath
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

Saturday

03/11/18 9:00 to 03/11/18 15:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Blue Mountains Unit. We'll have hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Prince Street Grafton
Grafton Jacaranda Float Parade

Grafton Jacaranda Float Parade

Saturday

03/11/18 16:00 to 03/11/18 17:00

Make sure you visit the SES Displays by NSW SES volunteers from Clarence Valley Units. We'll have Rescue Trucks, Boats and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Narara Valley High School, Narara
Central Coast Kids Day Out, Narara

Central Coast Kids Day Out, Narara

Sunday

04/11/18 9:00 to 04/11/18 14:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Gosford Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Lifesaving Club
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest World Tsunami Day BBQ

Tea Gardens Hawks Nest World Tsunami Day BBQ

Sunday

04/11/18 10:00 to 04/11/18 13:00

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is inviting residents from Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest and surrounding areas to a community event on Sunday 4th November to raise awareness about tsunamis.

Memorial Park, The Entrance
Wyong SES Open/Recruitment Day

Wyong SES Open/Recruitment Day

Sunday

04/11/18 17:27

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Wyong Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods. If you would like to volunteer have a chat to one of our members.

Corrigans Beach, Batehaven.
Batemans Bay Seaside Carnivale

Batemans Bay Seaside Carnivale

Saturday

10/11/18 6:00 to 10/11/18 14:00

The NSW SES Batemans Bay Unit will be at the Batemans Bay Seaside Carnivale at Corrigans Beach. Come and meet Paddy Platypus and our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display.

Glenbrook
Glenbrook Spring Festival

Glenbrook Spring Festival

Saturday

10/11/18 9:00 to 10/11/18 15:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Blue Mountains Unit. We'll have hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Memorial Park, The Entrance
Wyong SES Open/Recruitment Day

Wyong SES Open/Recruitment Day

Sunday

11/11/18 17:33

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Wyong Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods. If you would like to volunteer please talk to one of our members.

43 Illowra Crescent Primbee
Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Friday

16/11/18 15:16 to 16/11/18 19:16

The Coniston NSW SES Unit will be at the Primbee Primary School Family Fun Day. Come and meet Paddy Platypus and our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters and view our interactive display.

Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla
Ulladulla Relay For Life

Ulladulla Relay For Life

Saturday

17/11/18 8:00 to 17/11/18 20:00

Ulladulla SES will be participating in the Relay for Life. Providing support and encouragement for the community in the battle against cancer.

Grafton Bunnings
Grafton Bunnings BBQ

Grafton Bunnings BBQ

Monday

24/12/18 8:00 to 24/12/18 16:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Ulmarra Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Bungendore Showgrounds
Bungendore Show

Bungendore Show

Sunday

27/01/19 12:01

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Bungendore Unit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Bryan Brown Theatre, Bankstown (walking distance from Bankstown Train Station)
Young Humanitarians Conference.

Young Humanitarians Conference.

Tuesday

26/02/19 14:32 to 27/02/19 14:32

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