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Take Action During a Flood

Floods can happen in a flash and without warning.

If the area where you live or are travelling to is a region known for flooding, then it is important to take action to protect your family and property.


Review your emergency kit

Having an emergency kit is a vital part of short term survival during a flood. Check and replenish your kit with last minute items. Click here for an emergency kit check list

Refer to your flood plan

Referring to your flood plan helps you and your family take critical action during the various stages of a flood. Click here for information about survival plans.

Prepare to relocate

If you are advised or choose to relocate it is important to leave while it is safe.

If you have a relocation kit add items you may need when you are away from home.

Tell the police, your nearest State Emergency Service (SES) unit or your neighbours of your intentions, where you are going and how you can be contacted.

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Preparing pets and livestock

Preparing pets and animals for flood

  • If you must relocate, take your pets with you if possible. Ensure you have a secure pet carrier, current photo and attach identification tags to your pet’s collars
  • For hygiene reasons and to prevent injury to humans be aware some relocation centres will not accept pets

Preparing livestock

In the event of a flood it is important to have a contingency plan in place to keep your livestock safe in your absence.

This may include:

  • Securing loose objects around your property
  • Moving animals to higher ground
  • Providing clean water and food
  • Moving animals to an alternative property
  • Providing access for animals through open gates
  • Keeping a stock register
  • Ensuring livestock can be identified
  • Providing clean water and food

Click here for more information about animal welfare during emergencies.

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Quick household tips:

This guide lists simple things you can do to prepare for a flood and protect property.

Preparing utilities


If flooding is expected soon remove all fuses including the one at the main switch and at the range switch located within the meter board fuse box and put them in a place above the anticipated flood level. This will minimise the danger of shortcuts when the power authority returns services to your home after the flood.

If you have a circuit breaker switch each circuit breaker to the OFF position.


  • Close the main gas valve,the valve is generally located on the gas piping just prior to its entry into the gas meter
  • Gas cylinders or bottles should be tied down or disconnected, and moved above anticipated flood height


  • Close the main water valve which is usually found on the main water line where the water supply enters your property at the water meter

Toilets and Showers

  • Place sand bags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry and bathroom drain holes to prevent sewerage backflow

Fuel Tanks

  • Tie down fuel tanks to prevent them from overturning or floating
  • Close fuel tank valves to prevent leaks, spills and flood water infiltration

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