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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Davison Oval, 1 Wilson Street Bourke
Darling River All of  Emergency Services Expo

Darling River All of Emergency Services Expo

Thursday

23/08/18 9:00 to 23/08/18 14:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Bourke Unit, along with fellow emergency services, Police, Rural Fire Services and Fire and Rescue NSW. We'll have activities, hand-outs and displays to help you and your family better understand our services and how to prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods and many...

Tamworth TREC
Tamworth Truck Show and Shine

Tamworth Truck Show and Shine

Friday

24/08/18 8:51 to 25/08/18 16:30

Bunnings Ulladulla, St Vincent St, Ulladulla
Bunnings Fathers Day Evening

Bunnings Fathers Day Evening

Thursday

30/08/18 17:00 to 30/08/18 19:00

Come along and enjoy an evening at Bunnings and have a browse of the SES interactive display.

Bunnings West Gosford Store, Yallambee Avenue, West Gosford
Gosford SES Father's Day Family Night

Gosford SES Father's Day Family Night

Thursday

30/08/18 18:00 to 30/08/18 20:00

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

Anderson Park, Young
R U OK Day Young

R U OK Day Young

Saturday

01/09/18 10:00 to 01/09/18 15:00

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

Chatswood Mall
Willoughby StreetFair and Parade

Willoughby StreetFair and Parade

Saturday

01/09/18 10:00 to 01/09/18 16:00

Make sure you visit the SES stall and meet NSW SES volunteers from the Willoughby - Lane Cove Unit. We'll have activities and information to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods. Keep an eye out during the street parade for the SES volunteers and SES emergency response truck.

Berry Show Grounds, Berry
Berry Small Farm Field Day

Berry Small Farm Field Day

Friday

07/09/18 8:30 to 08/09/18 15:30

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

Harrington Public School High St HARRINGTON NSW 2427
Harrington Public School Almost Summer Fair

Harrington Public School Almost Summer Fair

Sunday

09/09/18 7:00 to 09/09/18 15:30

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Harrington SES 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.

Ettalong Beach Diggers
Gosford SES at Red Carpet Day Ettalong Beach

Gosford SES at Red Carpet Day Ettalong Beach

Sunday

09/09/18 10:00 to 09/09/18 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.

Nowra, NSW
Shoalhaven Nowra Girl Guides

Shoalhaven Nowra Girl Guides

Tuesday

11/09/18 16:00 to 11/09/18 17:30

Unit is holding a community meeting to meet the residents of to discuss how we can work together in future flood and storm events.

Broken Hill Memorial Oval
Silvercity Show Broken Hill

Silvercity Show Broken Hill

Thursday

13/09/18 16:00 to 15/09/18 22:00

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

Murrumburrah Showground
Harden Show

Harden Show

Saturday

15/09/18 9:00 to 15/09/18 16:00

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

Gannons Park Peakhurst
Lugarno Lions Spring Fair

Lugarno Lions Spring Fair

Sunday

16/09/18 5:00 to 16/09/18 19:00

The Hurstville State Emergency Service will be supporting the Lugarno Lions at the 2018 Spring Fair. Come down to Gannons Park Peakhurst and meet your local State Emergency Service Volunteers. We will have an interactive display, with a range of vehicles and equipment to look at and practical skills to learn.

Inala, Castle Hill Rd, Cherrybrook
Inala Fair

Inala Fair

Sunday

16/09/18 9:00 to 16/09/18 15:00

The Hornsby NSW SES Unit will be at the Inala Fair again this year. Come and speak to our volunteers about storm safety and hop in the flood boat.

Kinross Woolshed
Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre Fun Day

Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre Fun Day

Sunday

16/09/18 14:02 to 16/09/18 20:02

The Albury NSW SES Unit will be at the Kinross Woolshed for the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre Fun Day. Come and meet your local volunteers.

Yass High School
NAIDOC

NAIDOC

Thursday

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

Lake Munmorah
Lake Munmorah High School

Lake Munmorah High School

Friday

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

SES invited to attend Pray for the volunteers and give talk on the role ses play in the community

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.

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.

Open Day

Open Day

Sunday

23/09/18 10:00

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 Groung
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.

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.

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.

Murrumbateman
Murrumbateman Field Day

Murrumbateman Field Day

Saturday

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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