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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

  • 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

If available download the 'Fires Near Me NSW' app from your mobile app store, you can also check the 'Fires Near Me' section of the RFS website

 

The CFA provides thorough preparation and survival resources to help you respond during a bush fire emergency here.

 


 

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