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Storm and Cyclone preparation

Prepare your home

  • Trim trees and branches around your home, clear the gutters, down pipes and drains
  • If possible, get your roof checked for damage or corrosion by a professional
  • If you have shades, sails and awnings, make sure they are properly fitted, tied down, or closed away
  • Clear any debris or loose items away from the yard
  • Have emergency service numbers in a close location or saved on your phone
  • Create an emergency kit (see the SES kit list)
  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology for updates on the storm front (www.bom.gov.au)
  • If there is a severe warning fill your sinks and bathtub with drinking water
  • If floods are likely move cardboard and any chemicals to high locations, and turn off, or unplug electrical devices if water is rising

For further information please visit: https://www.stormwise.com.au


  • Keep your family and pets in a safe place

If you do drive:

  • Always follow flood warning signs
  • Never drive through flood water
  • Shelter vehicles safely, and not under trees
  • Avoid driving when the storm is coming

For further information please visit: https://www.stormwise.com.au

 

  • Make sure it is completely over and safe before venturing outside
  • If you need assistance call emergency services
  • Check your house for damage on the walls, roof, windows, and doors
  • Check for water leaks before turning on electricity. Do not use any water damaged goods
  • Throw away any perishable goods that may have gone bad
  • Check all smoke alarms are still working

 


 

Flood preparation

Prepare your home

  • Check with your local council for information on flood areas, plans or records
  • Have emergency service numbers in a close location or saved on your phone
  • Create an emergency kit (see the SES kit list)

For further information please visit: https://www.stormwise.com.au
or view the Bureau of Meteorology Flood Document


  • Keep your family and pets in a safe place
  • Turn off electricity and gas
  • Move household items to higher ground where they cannot float away
  • If applicable put sandbags or equivalent over bathroom drains and toilets to prevent sewage flowing back
  • If you have time seal windows and doors
  • Open gates or fences to allow water to flow freely
  • Check and seal all ventilation holes, cellar doorways and points where water can get in
  • Roll out builder's plastic around the base of your home - leaving 40cm on the ground to put the sandbags on. Tape remaining plastic to the outside walls to a height of 1.5m. Keep external downpipes on the outside of the plastic
  • Secure hazardous items
  • Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof case in an accessible location
  • Monitor your local radio for warnings and advice
  • Do not eat food that has been in floodwaters
  • Do not enter flood waters that exceed your knees

If you do drive:

  • Always follow flood warning signs
  • Never drive through flood water
  • Shelter vehicles safely, and not under trees
  • Avoid driving when the storm is coming

For further information please visit: https://www.stormwise.com.au
or view the Bureau of Meteorology Flood Document

 

  • Make sure it is completely over and safe before venturing outside
  • If you need assistance call emergency services
  • Boil tap water until supplies have been declared safe
  • Check for water leaks before turning on electricity. Do not use any water damaged goods
  • Don't play in flood water
  • Don't enter flood waters that exceed your knees
For further information please visit: https://www.stormwise.com.au
or view the Bureau of Meteorology Flood Document

 


 

Bush fire preparation

Prepare your home -  the NSW rural fire service provide basic maintenance tips to prepare before a fire

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  • Clean your gutters of leaves and twigs
  • Install metal gutter guards
  • Repair damaged or missing tiles on the roof
  • Install fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
  • Fit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
  • Enclose the areas under the house
  • Repair or cover gaps in external walls
  • Attach a fire sprinkler system to gutters
  • Keep lawns short and gardens well maintained
  • Cut back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings
  • Clean up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around the property
  • Have hoses long enough to reach around your house
  • If you have a pool, tank or dam, put a Static Water Supply (SWS) sign on your property entrance, so firefighters know where they can get water
  • Check and maintain adequate levels of home and contents insurance. Ensure it is up to date.

For further information please visit: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare

 

The CFA provide a thorough survival document that provides guidance on bush fire safety: CFA - Your Guide for Survival (Updated 2016)

 


 

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