During a disaster

Severe weather and flooding

What can you do when a severe storm approaches/strikes?

  • Don’t use a fixed telephone during a severe storm due to lightning danger.
  • Secure loose garden furniture, outdoor toys, etc. inside or under cover.
  • Turn off and unplug electrical items, external TV/radio aerials and computer modems.
  • Park vehicles under solid shelter or cover with firmly tied tarpaulins/blankets.
  • Listen to your (portable) radio for severe storm advice and warnings.
  • Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights.
  • If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines and creeks. Never drive on flooded roads, even in a small amount of water the current can pick up your car and sweep you away. Remember ‘If it’s flooded, Forget it!’
  • If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter.
  • If the building starts to break up, shelter under a mattress, doona, or a strong table or bench in the strongest part of the building, e.g. internal room, hallway or built-in wardrobe.

What should you do when a flood warning is issued?

  • Move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations.
  • Secure any items that may float away or move in flood waters, e.g. gas bottles, garbage bins.
  • Plan which indoor items you will raise or empty if water threatens your home.
  • If you have livestock, move them to a safe area.
  • Where possible, move any electrical equipment to higher ground.
  • Turn off and unplug any electrical appliances that may become inundated with water.

What should you do if you need to evacuate from a flood?

When evacuation is imminent
  • Raise your pre-determined furniture, clothing and valuables on to beds, tables and into roof spaces.
  • Empty fridges and freezers, leaving the doors open.
  • Place sandbags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage back-flow.

What should you do if you are not required to evacuate?

  • Don’t allow children to play in, or near flood waters
  • Stay away from drains, culverts and any flowing water