Plan for an emergency: Flood

There are different kinds of flooding, including riverine and flash flooding.  The Bureau of Meteorology issues warnings for riverine flooding, but flash flooding is hard to predict and you may not get a heads up before disaster strikes.

Before a flood

Prepare your home

  • Obtain a copy of your local council’s flood plan, which should show the location of problem areas, evacuation routes and relief centres.
  • Work out what the safest route to leave your property would be, and if you could be cut off by floodwaters.
  • Sandbags can help to protect your home when used correctly. The SES or your local council is the best place to start.
  • Know the kind of flooding your area is prone to. You might get advance warning if a river is rising, however flash flooding after heavy rainfall can happen within hours or minutes when runoff or drainage can’t disperse the water.
  • If a flood is likely, tune in to your local ABC Radio station and keep listening for advice and warnings. You can find your local station on the ABC Radio frequency finder as well as listen online or via the ABC listen app.


What should you do when you see or hear a flood warning?

  • Identify the safest route to your nearest relief centre and leave well before roads are closed by water.
  • Get ready to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations.
  • Work out which indoor items you want to put in a higher spot.