Get ready for an emergency
You think it will never happen to you, until it does. Are you ready for a disaster?
Every year flood, fire and other disasters affect peoples' lives and may cause millions of dollars in property damage.
Being prepared can save lives and help you and your family make better decisions when disaster strikes.
It all starts with a conversation and following these 5 simple steps. Now is the time to talk with your family, friends and neighbours about preparing for emergencies.
Get ready in 5 simple steps
Think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you.
Do you know if your home, school or workplace are in flood or storm prone areas? Are these places at a higher risk of bushfire?
- Connect with NSW emergency services to find out more about your risk.
- Assess your bushfire risk, including whether to leave early or stay and defend
- Have a look at the Port Stephens Council Flood Hazard maps
- Apply for a Flood Certificate
- If you live in a rural area, visit SES FloodSafe or download the Rural Properties FloodSafe Guide.
Sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area.
Make important decisions such as when to leave, what to take, and what to do with animals. Don't leave it until the last minute. Disasters can happen with little or no warning.
Where will you go? How will you and your family get to a safe place? You could be separated from each other. How will you contact each other?
Think about how you will protect your pets, important documents and valuable personal items.
Prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance.
- Trim overhanging trees and branches.
- Remove dead and dry vegetation from around the house.
- Clean out gutters and downpipes.
- Secure or put away loose items in your yard or balcony.
- Check the roof is in good repair.
- Do a home safety check and make sure your smoke alarms are working.
- Make sure that your home and contents insurance is up-to-date.
Find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area. Check the websites and social media of our emergency services to stay informed:
Share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.
Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens. Everyone can help each other in many ways in a disaster.
- Keep these 5 simple steps on your fridge and start getting ready today.
Prepare for different emergencies
- The Rural Fire Service has information to assist during bushfires.
- The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has information to assist you during storms, floods and tsunamis.
- The Bureau of Meteorology will provide weather updates, storm and flood warnings.
- NSW Health has information on how to manage during heatwaves or pandemics.
- The NSW Government has general emergency information.
Get ready business
- an easy-to-use booklet to guide you through the five steps
- posters to promote readiness in your workplace.