Prepare for an emergency

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It is important to think about the future impact of storms, floods, bush fires and other emergencies. We can all be prepared by having and rehearsing your own tailored plan.

Know your risks

Start your ready check today and think about the areas we live in and the types of disasters that could affect us.

  1. Check the hazards in your location
  2. Check your personal situation.
  3. Check the strengths and weaknesses of your property.
  4. Assess your neighbourhood and communication.
  5. Information for your extreme weather plan.  

FloodingCheck the NSW SES Byron LGA flood awareness web pages for information on flooding in the Byron Shire. 

Storms - Follow the SES NSW 8 tips for getting ready for storm season.

SES NSW local flood and storm guides

Plan what you will do in an emergency

Sit down and talk with your family, friends and even neighbours and complete your plan. Think about:

  • 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. 
  • How will you, your family and neighbours get to a safe place? If separated how will you contact each other? 
  • How you will protect your pets, important documents and valuable personal items?
  • What would you include in your emergency kit? Prepare an emergency kit or visit Red Cross OR SES who have details on what to include.  
  • Plan how you will escape a fire in your home and practice it with your family.
  • Do you have neighbours who may need help in an emergency? 

Get your home ready

Prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance.

  • Trim overhanging trees and branches and 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. 
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. 
  • Make sure that your home and contents insurance is up-to-date.   

Look out for each other

Everyone can help each other in many ways in an emergency.

You and your neighbours can work together to prepare your homes, provide shelter and look after pets during a disaster. Neighbours can also often provide help to those who need greater assistance during emergency situations. 

Prepare your business

A free toolkit to help you get your business ready for disasters in five simple steps.  

The toolkit will help you to update or create a business continuity plan to make your business more resilient.

The toolkit has been developed by 

  • NSW Department of Industry
  • NSW Small Business Commissioner
  • Resilience NSW   

Get Ready Business 

Visit the SES website for business emergency recovery information including continuity plan. 

Emergency planning video and language resources