Being prepared for a bushfire, cyclone, flood or whatever emergency may come your way means you're more likely to cope and get your life back on track.
Emergencies can strike at any time. They can destroy homes and valuables, damage your health, upset routines and can lead to significant financial pressures. Some of us feel the effects of a disaster for a long time. For some, lives will never return to the way they were before.
While emergency services do all they can to help, the person most responsible for your wellbeing before, during and after an emergency is YOU.
If you're wondering how to prepare for a disaster, there are things you can do now to help you and your loved ones with emergency preparedness, so you can get your lives back to normal with less stress and anxiety.
The Australian Red Cross 4 steps to being prepared
Step 1: Get in the know
Understand the risks you face, how your life might be disrupted and who can help - before disaster strikes. Click here for more ...
Step 2: Get connected
Connect with your community so you can help each other in an emergency and during the recovery journey afterwards. Click here for more ...
Step 3: Get organised
Think through what might happen during and after an emergency and take action to protect the important things in your life. Click here for more ...
Step 4: Get packing
Identify and pack things that might help you survive in an emergency and get you back on your feet quickly. Click here for more ...
How to get ready and be prepared
Links to assist you in disaster preparedness
BOM or the Australian Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au
NSW Government When disaster hits, the NSW Government and emergency management agencies will try to help, but you need to get ready as well. Every year flood, fire and other disasters affects 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.
Are you ready? www.nsw.gov.au/getready
For Emergency help in Flood, Storm and Tsunami call 132 500
Tel 1800 201 000
Did you know?
Households and Businesses that plan for emergencies significantly reduce losses associated with disasters.
Planning now so that you know your risks and what to do if there is a flood, storm or tsunami, can save your life, the life of your family members and the lives of others including your pets. It can also minimise damage to your property and possessions.
Prepare now. Be alert. Act early. Click here to prepare your plan www.sesemergencyplan.com.au
Dungog Shire Road and Bridge Closures www.dungog.nsw.gov.au/road-and-bridge-closures
Who to ask .....
NSW Rural Fire Service is the lead agency for bushfires in NSW.
NSW State Emergency Service is the emergency and rescue service for floods, storms and tsunami in NSW.
Fire & Rescue NSW provides fire, rescue, hazmat and other emergency services in cities and towns across NSW.
NSW Police Force coordinates emergency and rescue operations.
The SES is responsible for responding to floods in NSW. This includes planning for floods and educating people about how to protect themselves and their property. During floods the SES will provide flood information, safety advice and arrange for the delivery of essential supplies to people isolated by floodwater. Where appropriate, the SES will conduct evacuations and undertake flood rescue.
Hunter LLS, in partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), is responsible for the coordination of agriculture and animal services in emergencies. DPI is responsible for coordinating animal relief services for livestock, wildlife and companion animals. Information on flood assistance can be found on the DPI website.
Farm Flood Readiness Kit
Why do you need a Flood Plan?
- You are not guaranteed financial or farm assistance when floods occur.
- You need to know what to do and when to do it to reduce damage and losses.
- Every flood is different. You need to plan for all risks and possible impacts.
- If you are prepared you will recover much quicker and be able to get back to business.
- The damage and losses caused by floods can be very high. It costs a lot of money and takes a long time to clean up your property, repair fences and feed livestock.
- It is cheaper to plan ahead and be prepared than pay the costs of repairs or lose income and production time.
- Can you afford not to have a flood plan?