Vision impairment

Many people across NSW are affected by dangerous floods and there have been avoidable deaths due to flooding. The protection of life is the highest priority for the NSW SES when we make decisions about planning for floods.

People who have low or no vision may be more susceptible to the impacts of floods. It is important to care for and assist all people to be prepared for, respond to and recover from floods.

If you care for a person who has low or no vision, they may need assistance in planning for floods as well as putting that plan into action in times of flood.

For people living with low or no vision, identifying a support person or carer who can assist with planning for and responding to floods can greatly increase your resilience and recovery from flood events.


  • Setting up a support tree to contact people with limited or no hearing (by visiting them) when a Flood Watch or Flood Warning has been issued, is a good way to make sure they get current information.

  • Utilise a care or support person to develop a FloodSafe Plan that suits your situation

Audio messages from the NSW SES

Generic messages

Put together an emergency kit audio

Planning for an emergency audio

Know your risk audio

Know who to call audio

Know where to go audio

Check you Insurance audio

Listen to local radio audio

Preparing now so you can act early audio

When preparing to evacuate audio

When an Evacuation Order is issued audio

Returning after a disaster audio


FloodSafe messages

Preparing now for floods audio

When flooding is likely audio

Never enter floodwater audio

When flooding is about to happen audio

After a flood audio

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