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!

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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

Clarence Nambucca Capability Unit
Floodsafe Guide Presentation

Floodsafe Guide Presentation

Friday

14/05/21 10:00 to 14/05/21 12:00

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

Port Stephens Unit
wow day Port Stephens

wow day Port Stephens

Wednesday

19/05/21 8:00 to 19/05/21 12:00

On Wednesday 19 May we celebrate NSW SES members by hosting Wear Orange Wednesday. Make sure you visit the SES Display at Market Place Raymond Terrace staffed by NSW SES volunteers from Port Stephens 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.

Maitland
Hunter Valley Caravan Camping 4WD Show 2021

Hunter Valley Caravan Camping 4WD Show 2021

Friday

21/05/21 10:00 to 23/05/21 23:00

Interactive display at local event

Clarence Nambucca Capability Unit
Keeping you Informed.

Keeping you Informed.

Tuesday

25/05/21 9:30 to 25/05/21 12:00

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

Ryde Unit
City of Ryde World Environment Day Festival

City of Ryde World Environment Day Festival

Sunday

06/06/21 10:00 to 06/06/21 14:00

The Ryde NSW SES Unit will be at the City of Ryde World Environment Day Festivalic Gardens. Come and meet our friendly volunteers, learn about how to be safer in emergencies and disasters with a display on flood risks in nearby Shrimptons Creek.

Lismore City Unit
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.

Clarence Nambucca Capability Unit
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 CapabilityUnit. We'll have activities and hand-outs to help you and your family better understand and prepare for emergencies such as storms and floods.

Clarence Nambucca Capability Unit
Chamber of Commerce Presentation " Do you have a Plan"

Chamber of Commerce Presentation " Do you have a Plan"

Wednesday

21/07/21 0:00 to 21/07/21 7:00

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

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