Disaster preparation

Emergencies can occur at any time, so it is important to take simple steps to prepare yourself, your family, pets and property during a natural disaster or local emergency. 

How to prepare

Step 1.Know your risks

Understand the nature and impact of emergencies that may occur in the regions that you are living in or visiting. 

Step 2.Plan now

Sit down with your family and plan what you will do if a disaster affects your area. Make important decisions such as when to leave, what to take and what to do with animals. Don't leave it to the last minute as disasters can happen with little or no warning. Make sure to prepare an emergency kit.

Step 3.Prepare your home 

Annually maintain your home and surrounds in a manner that caters for all emergencies. 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 and your smoke alarms are working. Does your home and contents insurance policy cover you for disasters and is it up to date?

Step 4.Be aware 

Find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area. Stay informed of key emergency messages.

Step 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. Everyone can help each other in many ways in a disaster.

Who to call in an emergency

During an emergency or disaster it's important to know who you can call for help, or how you can get the latest update on emergency situations.

  • For live updates on road closures visit Live Traffic NSW
  • For live radio updates across the Port Macquarie Hastings, tune into ABC Mid North Coast
  • If you require emergency assistance in a flood or storm, call NSW SES on 132 500 or Triple Zero 000.
  • For weather updates and flood warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Fires Near Me displays all bush and grass fires attended by fire services in NSW and other incidents attended by NSW Rural Fire Service attendees. 

Recovery information

Recovering from disasters takes time, both physically and mentally. Make sure you're looking after your mental health. If you need help, it's available:

Disaster Welfare Services can provide relief grants to eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household items have been destroyed or damaged by a declared natural disaster. People with limited financial resources and no insurance may be eligible for assistance for essential household items and structural repairs to the home.  For details of other assistance schemes, please visit Emergency NSW or call State Disaster Welfare on 1800 018 444.