Be Aware

Know the official flood warning products

  • Flood Watch is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and provides a "heads up" that flooding is likely.
  • Flood Warning is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and warns a community of flooding at a predicted height, time and location.
  • Flood Bulletin is issued by the NSW SES to to warn a community of flooding at a predicted height, time and location and the expected risks, impacts, consequences and the safest actions to take.
  • Evacuation Warning is issued by the NSW SES to warn a community of the potential to evacuate properties, risks to life and property and the safest actions to take.
  • Evacuation Order is issued by the NSW SES to immediately evacuate at risk sections of the community from a flood threatened area and advises the safest actions to take.
  • All Clear is issued by the NSW SES to advise the evacuated community that it is safe for people to return to the area and any residual risks.

Monitor your flood situation

You may not always receive an official warning before floods begin to impact you, therefore it is important to be aware of the flood situation in your local area.
Monitor the local situation by personally witnessing the height and rate at which floodwaters are rising; maintaining contact with other people in your local community and local radio stations to receive and share updates on the flood situation.

Monitor the likelihood of flash flooding

Severe Weather Warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology warn of the possibility of flash flooding. 

When flash flooding is likely, leaving low-lying homes and businesses (evacuation) well before flash flooding begins is the best action to take, but only if it is safe to do so . If you are trapped by rising floodwater, seek refuge in the highest part of a sturdy building. Stay there and call '000' (triple zero) if you need rescue.

Look out for each other when flooding is imminent

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