Floods are unpredictable and destructive. They can cause death and injuries, isolate communities, damage major infrastructure, cut essential services, destroy property and livelihoods.
If you live in a flood prone region, then you need to prepare for the possibility of a flood endangering you, your family and impacting your property, even isolating you from the community and essential services.
You can prepare for flooding in a number of ways:
- Understand the flood risk to your area
- Check with Council to see if your house is in a flood prone zone
- Prepare your home and property - if your area is flood prone consider alternatives to carpets
- Ask Council about evacuation routes and centres
- Prepare an emergency kit
- Prepare a household flood plan
- Prepare an emergency plan for your pets
- Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers handy (ie on the fridge or by the phone)
- Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage
Sandbags or similar products can be purchased from many hardware or garden supply stores. During times of imminent deluge, hessian bags can be collected from your local SES.
Take Action During a Flood
Travelling in areas under Flood
The majority of flood related deaths in Australia are a result of inexperienced people entering flood waters on foot, in vehicles and by boat.
Driving on flooded roads is extremely dangerous. Roads may be damaged and bridges destroyed. People have drowned after being trapped in vehicles, washed away in rapids or seriously injured from hidden debris.
It is important to review your travel plans if the region you are travelling through has experienced recent flooding.
Recovery after a Flood