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 'Reduced Threat: Return with Caution - Advice' when it is safe for residents and businesses to return to a flood affected area, previously subject to an evacuation.

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.

The Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley will flood again.

Find out more about your local flood risk and how you can prepare.

Do you live behind a Levee?

Learn how dangerous flooding can result behind a levee when it is over topped or breached.

The dangers of flash flooding

The major cause of death during flash floods is by people entering flash floodwater.

Georges River has flooded before. It will happen again.

Find out more about your local flood risk and actions you can take to prepare.

Before a flood

What's your plan?

Find out your local flood risk here and what you can do to prepare.

Northern NSW and Sydney river flood resources now available.

For Schools

The NSW SES is committed to building resilience in floods in NSW communities. New program now available.

What's your flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain?

Find out how floods have affected your area and learn what you can do to prepare.

Do You Live Behind a Levee?

Dangerous flooding can result behind a levee when it is over topped or breached. Learn more...

The dangers of flash flooding

If you live, work or regularly travel in a flash flood area, there may be no official warning for flash floods.

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.

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.

The dangers of flash flooding

If you live, work or regularly travel in a flash flood area, there may be no official warning for flash floods.

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

After flooding

The NSW SES will issue 'Reduced Threat: Return with Caution - Advice' when it is safe for residents and businesses to return to a flood affected area, previously subject to an 'Evacuate Now/Before - Emergency Warning'. Read more

Returning to your property after a flood

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.

Next steps toward recovery

In NSW, recovery following a disaster is managed by a range of organisations. The NSW SES has produced a recovery guide to help you take the next steps towards recovery from floods, storms and tsunami.

 

Cleaning up after a flood

This page contains some useful tips and practical information to help households start the clean up after wind and water damage.

Disaster Relief and Support

If you have been impacted by a natural disaster, you may be eligible for Disaster relief assistance and support from the NSW Government.

Recovery information for residents returning to their property after a flood

When you return to your home or business after a flood, the task of where to start can be overwhelming.

Download this recovery guide to help you get on your feet, safely and quickly.

Cleaning up after a disaster

This page contains some useful tips and practical information to help households start the clean up after wind and water damage.

What you can do to help

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

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Upcoming community events

4685 Wisemans Ferry Road, Spencer, NSW 2775
Spencer Community Information Day

Spencer Community Information Day

Saturday

03/12/22 11:00 to 03/12/22 14:00

Are you a resident of Spencer and surrounding communities? Come along and hear about what the NSW SES does and learn how you can prepare your property for floods and storms.

Coopernook School of Arts Hall
Coopernook Flood Workshop

Coopernook Flood Workshop

Sunday

04/12/22 11:30 to 04/12/22 13:00

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

Golfers Lounge, Moruya Golf Club
Moruya Floodplain Awareness Workshop

Moruya Floodplain Awareness Workshop

Tuesday

06/12/22 17:30 to 06/12/22 19:00

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

Ballina Masonic Hall , 56 Cherry St Ballina
Ballina Community Meeting

Ballina Community Meeting

Tuesday

06/12/22 17:30 to 06/12/22 19:00

​Tamara Smith MP is running a series of workshops for community to talk to residents about preparedness for future severe weather events. Ballina SES will be there to answer questions and to discuss ways to be flood and storm safe.

Glenelg Street, Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324
Christmas Community Day

Christmas Community Day

Saturday

10/12/22 10:00 to 10/12/22 14:00

Members from NSW SES Port Stephens Unit will be in Raymond Terrace on Saturday, 10th of December for Christmas Community Day. The event will start at 10am, upon the arrival of Santa in his NSW SES sleigh. Glenelg Street & Sturgeon Streets will be closed to traffic, for the event. There will be fun for everyone at this event including: > jumping...

Seagulls Rugby League Fooball Club Ballina
Ballina Riverside Christmas Carols

Ballina Riverside Christmas Carols

Sunday

11/12/22 17:30 to 11/12/22 22:00

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.

Harbour Foreshore Batemans Bay
Australia Day Celebrations

Australia Day Celebrations

Thursday

26/01/23 8:30 to 26/01/23 13:30

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.

Menai marketplace
Community education and awareness

Community education and awareness

Saturday

28/01/23 10:00 to 28/01/23 16:00

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

Sydney
Mardi Gras & World Pride Parade

Mardi Gras & World Pride Parade

Saturday

25/02/23 14:00 to 25/02/23 23:00

NSW SES PRIDE will once again reflect the diversity of the communities we come from by participating in the 2023 Mardi Gras & World Pride Parade. Our LGBTQIA+ members are extremely proud to be able to represent the NSW SES and visibly demonstrate the service's commitment to inclusive practice.

Muswellbrook Show Ground
Bengalla Upper Hunter Show 2023

Bengalla Upper Hunter Show 2023

Friday

17/03/23 8:00 to 18/03/23 18:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from the local Upper Hunter Units. 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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