When disaster hits, 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 affect 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.
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Make important decisions like when to leave, what to take, and what to do with pets and animals. Don't leave it until the last minute. Disasters can happen with little or no warning. How will you and your family get to a safe place? You could be separated from each other. How will you contact each other? Think about how you will protect your pets, important documents and personal mementos.
Plan how you will escape a fire in your home and practise it with your family.
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. Do a home safety audit and check your smoke alarms are working. And make sure that your home and contents insurance is up to date.
Check the NSW Emergency Services websites, or keep informed with smartphone apps and social media apps.
Download social media apps for Android or iPhone:
Go to social media sites for the NSW agencies:
Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens.Neighbours can help each other in many ways and can include people in your street or community.
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NSW State Emergency Service is the emergency and rescue service for responding to 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.