Evacuation Warning – prepare to evacuate

When flooding is likely to cut evacuation routes or inundate property, the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) issues an Evacuation Warning to indicate that you should get prepared to evacuate.  Being prepared will allow you to respond quickly if an Evacuation Order is issued.

Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so. An Evacuation Order will be issued by NSW SES only when evacuation is required.

How to prepare for possible evacuation:

  • Stack possessions, records, stock or equipment on benches and tables, placing electrical items on top
  • Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage Relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level
  • Activate your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan
  • Locate important papers, valuables and mementos. Place them in your Emergency Kit Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services
  • Act early as roads may become congested or close

Who to call?

132 500 For emergency help in flood, storm and tsunami

000 For life threatening emergencies call

Click here for further information on when to call NSW SES

Put together an emergency kit

Locate your Emergency Kit and add any medications, important papers, special items for babies and the elderly, clothing, food and water.

Your emergency kit should contain all the essential items you will need if you need to evacuate or become isolated. These items may include medications, important documents and family photos.

Click here to learn more about preparing an Emergency Kit with essential items.

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Ways you may be informed about warnings

The NSW SES issues Flood Bulletins to the media which inform people about what is expected to happen during flooding. Radio stations are asked to read and repeat the Flood Bulletin.

We will also post information on flooding in the News section of this website as well as on the NSW SES Facebook site.


Monitor the situation

Listen to local radio stations, television broadcasts and social media updates to keep up to date with the current situations.

Continually monitor these channels and talk with friends and family to ensure they understand what is going on as well.

Listen to the radio or check social media

Our volunteers advises people to always follow instructions given by the emergency services and to make sure neighbours, family and friends are aware of possible storms and flooding.

It is also important for people living in areas which are prone to flooding to be proactive in sourcing information about potential floods. Talk to your local council about local information and what services will be available during floods, monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website and keep informed through other websites, the media and family and friends.


AUSLAN - When an Evacuation Warning is issued.