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​​Get Ready NSW

Disasters happen: don't think 'if' - think 'when'

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.

Are you ready?​

1. Know you​r risk

Think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you. 

Find out more:

For Bushfire go to: NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS)

For Flood, Storm, Tsunami go to: NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES)

For House Fire go to: Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW)

2. Plan now for what you'll do

Sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area.

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.

Bush Fire Survival Pl​an
Home Emergency Plan for Storms and Floods
Home Escape Plan

3. 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. 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.

Prepare your property for bush fire
​​Home Fire Safety Checklist
Community fire safety​
Disaster Preparation Checklist

4. Be aware

Find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area.

Check the NSW Emergency Services websites, or keep informed with smartphone apps and social media apps.

Download social media apps for Android or iPhone:

Fires Near Me 
Live Traffic

Go to social media sites for the NSW agencies:

RSS feed
You TubeYouTube
​Rural Fire Service
Rural Fire Service
Rural Fire Service
​Rural Fire Service
​​Fire & Rescue
​​Fire & Rescue
Fire & Rescue
​Fire & Rescue

5. Look out for each other

Share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.

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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The Office for Emergency Managementwithin the Department of Justice, develops and coordinates emergency management policy in NSW, supports disaster response and recovery services and disaster welfare relief.​​
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NSW Rural Fire Service
is the lead agency for bushfires in NSW.​

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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

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.