Winter Safety Tips for Residents and Travelers In the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains can be affected by a range of natural events that can disrupt the community. These events include strong winds from that generally occur from June until October, and summer storms from mid-November until the end of February.
Recent Floods and Storms
You can learn a lot from the past.
Read about the significant floods and storms that have happened in your area in recent years.
Here are the records of floods in your area. They may help you understand the risk in your area.
They are listed for significant river systems with key warning gauges only.
Local Road Information
Here are some handy links to Roads and Maritime Services and your local councils who manage road closures in your area.
A list of significant rivers in the Sydney Western Region of NSW and a handy link to river conditions and latest rainfall totals to help you self-assess the risk in your area.
Things to consider if you live in an urban area
Urban areas, including metropolitan, suburbs and towns, can have specific storm risks including impacts of flash flooding. It is important to remember that storm water and floodwater in urban areas can be very dangerous.
Your Local Councils
Check with your local council for information about property-specific risks, local road closures and local planning approval guidelines.
Your Local NSW SES Units
NSW is divided into 17 Regions based on major river systems. Check here to see the local Units operating in your area.
Each Region Controller is responsible for the operational control of emergency flood and storm responses, including planning, training, operational support and other functions within their area of control.
Emergency Service Organisations
Contact details for Emergency Service Organisations in NSW
Local Radio Stations
Your local radio station can provide information and updates during emergencies that are specific to your local area
Other useful contacts
Some other useful contacts that may help you during and after disasters
The Hawkesbury-Nepean River is one of the major river systems of NSW, draining a catchment area of 22,000 square kilometres. Exceptionally heavy rainfall in this area can lead to severe flooding.
Flood Storm and Tsunami Guides
Download the FloodSafe, StormSafe and TsunamiSafe guides here to help you prepare for emergencies near you.
Flood Storm and Tsunami Plans
The NSW SES undertakes flood, storm and tsunami planning to determine how to best manage natural disasters.
Tsunami Evacuation Map
The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has released maps showing evacuation areas in the event of a land-threat tsunami.
Learn how tsunami could impact your location.
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.
We have also compiled some handy links to other resources that may help you get back on your feet.
Teen Drivers Schooled in Flash Flood Safety
25/03/2019 05:08:59 PM
Learner drivers in one of the top flash flood rescue areas in the state have learnt about what might happen to them if they drive through floodwater from the NSW State Emergency Service.
THANK YOU NSW SES VOLUNTEERS
18/03/2019 09:15:26 AM
The NSW SES has been busy over the past four days responding to calls for help from the impact of heavy rain across Coastal NSW.
NSW SES Advise Residents of Sydney Metro and NSW East Coast to Stay Alert
14/03/2019 02:30:55 PM
NSW SES is working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to prepare for the possibility of a wet few days, starting this afternoon and continuing into the weekend. This weather system has a high potential for flash flooding in storm cells.
Possible heavy rain and storms on the way for NSW Coast
14/03/2019 12:18:38 PM
NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is encouraging residents to prepare for thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain starting today and extending into the weekend.