Flood - Planning for an emergency, during and after
Thursday, 8th June 2017
Planning for an emergency – during and after a flood
Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quicker afterwards.
Taking the time to think about emergencies and making a plan helps you to think clearly, have a greater sense of control, and make better decisions when an emergency occurs
During a Flood
- When flooding has begun:
- Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
- Floodwaters can be deep and damage roads and bridges.
- Do not let your children play or swim in floodwater. It is dirty, dangerous and deadly.
- Tune in to your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, Commercial Radio, designated Community Radio Stations and SKY NEWS Television.
- In life-threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000).
- For emergency help from SES in floods and storms call 132 500.
- Stay away from all waterways including drains and culverts.
- Stay away from fallen powerlines as electricity travels easily through water.
- Be aware that animals, snakes, rats, spiders and other pests may be on the move during a flood. These animals can come into houses and other buildings or hide around sandbags.
- Keep in contact with neighbours.
- Be prepared to leave early.
After a Flood
Flood dangers do not end when the water begins to fall.
To make sure you stay safe:
- Keep listening to local emergency broadcasters.
- Do not return home until advised that it is safe.
Once you return to your home:
- Drink bottled water or boil all drinking water until advised that the water supply is safe.
- Throw away any food or medicines that may have been in contact with floodwater.
- When entering the building, use a torch to light your way. Never use matches, cigarette lighters or any other flame as there may be gas inside.
- Keep the electricity and gas off until checked and tested by a professional.
- Clean your home straight away to stay healthy.
- Take photographs of all damage for insurance.
- Contact Council to let them know about structural damage to your home