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.

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?

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.

Before a flood

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.

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 

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

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.

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.

Disaster Assistance Financial Support

If you have been impacted by recent floods or storms and need ongoing support, please contact 1800 018 444.

What you can do to help

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

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.

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.

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Upcoming community events

WINGHAM RSL AUDITORIUM
NSW SES Wingham Flood Forum

NSW SES Wingham Flood Forum

Tuesday

15/06/21 19:00 to 15/06/21 21:00

The aim of the forum is to give people an opportunity to talk about the recent floods and to identify ways SES and local communities can work together to improve flood preparedness, response and transition to recovery.

Lismore Centro Shopping Centre
Get Ready Display - Lismore Centro

Get Ready Display - Lismore Centro

Wednesday

16/06/21 8:00 to 16/06/21 14:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by our local NSW SES volunteers from Lismore 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.

CLUB TAREE AUDITORIUM
NSW SES Taree Flood Forum

NSW SES Taree Flood Forum

Thursday

17/06/21 19:00 to 17/06/21 21:00

The aim of the forum is to give people an opportunity to talk about the recent floods and to identify ways SES and local communities can work together to improve flood preparedness, response and transition to recovery.

South Grafton Air Field, Vere Street, South Grafton.
Public Awareness

Public Awareness

Sunday

20/06/21 8:00 to 20/06/21 15:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Clarence Nambucca Capability 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.

Warringah Pittwater SES UNit, Gate 3, Thompson Drive, Terrey Hills, 204
Get Ready Workshop - Women Helping Women

Get Ready Workshop - Women Helping Women

Sunday

20/06/21 14:00 to 20/06/21 17:00

Gain the confidence to know what needs to be done or to do it yourself to protect yourself and your home during severe weather events.

KEMPSEY MACLEAY RSL CLUB
NSW SES Kempsey CBD Flood Forum

NSW SES Kempsey CBD Flood Forum

Tuesday

22/06/21 19:00 to 22/06/21 21:00

The aim of the forum is to give people an opportunity to talk about the recent floods and to identify ways SES and local communities can work together to improve flood preparedness, response and transition to recovery.

Dubbo
Bark Canoe Community Event

Bark Canoe Community Event

Friday

25/06/21 8:00 to 25/06/21 14:00

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

Clock Tower Hotel, Prince Street, Grafton
Chamber of Commerce Presentation "Do you have a Plan?"

Chamber of Commerce Presentation "Do you have a Plan?"

Wednesday

21/07/21 12:00 to 21/07/21 19:00

Are you a member of Grafton Chamber of Commerce? Come along and hear about what the NSW SES does and learn how you can prepare your property for floods and storms.

Wyong SES Unit - Levitt Street, Wyong
Get Ready Womens Workshop @ Wyong SES Unit

Get Ready Womens Workshop @ Wyong SES Unit

Thursday

22/07/21 19:00 to 22/07/21 21:15

Wyong SES Unit is holding a community event to meet with the Women of the Central Coast to discuss how they are able to better prepare themselves and their houses in the event of an emergency.

The Whitehouse Convention Centre (168 Broughtman St, Broken Hill)
Broken Hill Careers Expo

Broken Hill Careers Expo

Wednesday

28/07/21 10:00 to 28/07/21 14:00

Make sure you visit the SES Display staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Broken Hill City 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.

Coraki
Community preparedness workshop

Community preparedness workshop

Saturday

31/07/21 10:00 to 31/07/21 14:00

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

Tucabia Public Hall
Tucabia Get Ready Public Information Night

Tucabia Get Ready Public Information Night

Tuesday

03/08/21 18:00 to 03/08/21 20:30

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

Ulmarra Public School Library
Ulmarra  Get Ready Community Meeting

Ulmarra Get Ready Community Meeting

Tuesday

10/08/21 18:00 to 10/08/21 20:30

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

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