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National Counter Terrorism Alert Level moves to High

The Prime Minister has announced that the National Terrorism Public Alert Level has increased to HIGH, meaning that a terrorist attack is 'likely'. This assessment is based on an increased threat.

There is no specific threat and therefore there is no cause for panic or fear, however people are urged to remain vigilant in reporting suspicious behaviour to authorities so Australians and visitors to Australia can continue the right to enjoy normal everyday freedoms.

More information on www.secure.NSW.gov.au (NSW Government's Counter Terrorism website)
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Applications for funding now open for the Natural Disaster Resilience Program

Applications are now open for the 2013-15 round for:
  • State Emergency Management Projects
  • Emergency Volunteer Support Schemes
  • Community Resilience Innovation Program

More information on the Natural Disaster Resilience Program

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Get ready NSW

It's easy and only takes five simple steps to make sure you and your family are ready!

At some stage, all of us will be impacted by disasters such as Fire, Flood or Storm. Disasters are unpredictable and can cause devastating loss and damage.

NSW Emergency Services agencies do a tremendous job in keeping us safe - but we all need to play our part.

Preparing for disasters helps you and your family cope and make better decisions when an emergency affects you. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Don't wait till it's too late - get ready now. 

More information on Get ready NSW
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SES Home Emergency Plan - Flood, Storm or Tsunami

Households 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.

NSW State Emergency Service - Home Emergency Plan

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NSW Exercises

Conducting well prepared and coordinated exercises, in addition to testing emergency plans and Standing Operating Procedures, leads to better mutual understanding and cooperation between the various components of the State's emergency management structure. Exercises are conducted at a region and state level and may be agency specific or multi-agency.

Multi-agency Emergency Management and Rescue Exercises in NSW scheduled for 2014 are now available on this website.

More on the Exercise Register

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Recent publications

Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Emergency Sub-Plan

The special arrangements described in this Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Emergency Sub-Plan (HNFESP) cover preparedness measures, the conduct of flood operations and the establishment of coordination for recovery measures to deal with floods in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.

More information on the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Emergency Sub-Plan

Welfare Services Functional Area Supporting Plan

The aim of the Welfare Services Functional Area Supporting Plan is to describe and detail preparedness measures and arrangements for the provision of welfare services during response to and recovery from emergencies in New South Wales. This plan provides for the mobilisation of agencies and resources within the Welfare Services Functional Area for the conduct of emergency preparedness, response and recovery operations to assist people affected by emergencies, no matter what the cause of the emergency. Types of emergencies include natural disasters and human made disasters that require a significant and coordinated response.

More information on the Welfare Services Functional Area Supporting Plan

State Bush Fire Plan

The aim of the State Bush Fire plan is to set out the arrangements for preparedness, pervention, mitigation, response to and recovery from bush fire events by combat, participating and support agencies in NSW. These arrangements ensure that New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Fire & Rescue NSW are able to manage bush and grass fires, utilising assistance from the other fire fighting authorities being the National Park & Wildlife Service and Forestry Corporation NSW.

More information on the State Bush Fire Plan

Major Evacuation Centre Guidelines

A Major Evacuation Centre may need to be established in the event that a scale and complexity of an emergency exceeds the capability of existing Local and Regional evacuation centre arrangements. The need for such centres will be determined in consultation with members of the State Emergency Management Committee according to the expected number of people and companion animals presenting at the centre, size of the facility and the length of time it will need to operate.  

This guideline takes an all-hazards approach and outlines the key requirements and principles, authorities, responsibilities and mechanisms for the conduct of evacuations where formal emergency management arrangements are required.

More information on the Major Evacuation Centre Guidelines

Evacuation Management Guidelines

The aim of the Evacuation Management Guidelines is to inform and enhance existing emergency management arrangements for evacuations during actual and/or forecast emergencies.  This guideline does not replace evacuation arrangements for specific hazards (eg. floods, bush fires) which are contained within individual Sub Plans and agency specific policies. This guideline is intended to have a general, cross sector and all hazards applications. 

More information on the NSW Evacuation Management Guidelines

NSW State Storm Plan

The NSW State Storm Plan sets out the prevention; preparation; response and initial recovery arrangements for storm activity and the responsibilities of agencies and organisations with regard to these functions.

More information on the NSW State Storm plan

More information on NSW Emergency Management Plans

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