Flood prepared

Are you flood prepared?

The best way you can prepare for flooding is to plan for future flood events. The NSW State Emergency Services (SES) provide information on what to do to prepare for floods and provide guidance on preparing an emergency kit for your home.

Prior to or during a flood the SES may ask you to evacuate your home or workplace.

The key to successfully evacuating during times of flood is to prepare beforehand.

You can do this by:

  • Knowing the flooding risks where you live, work and where your children go to school
  • Plan where you should go during times of flood
  • Knowing who to call during an emergency for help and assistance
  • Making a floodsafe plan with your family
  • Put together an emergency kit for your home

What is council doing?

New developments within flood prone areas are now built to a standard that can better respond to current and future flood risk, such as increasing floor level heights and/or using flood proof building materials. This will also reduce the potential claims on insurance in the future. For further details on Councils Floodplain Development Controls, please refer to the Shellharbour Development Control Plans and guidelines webpage available in related articles.

We are also working to make information about the potential impact of flood – including flood levels and velocities - more easily available to owners, buyers, lenders and insurers. When insurers are uncertain about flood risk they are likely to charge more for flood cover. If councils are able to provide insurers with clear, up to date information they can be more accurate in their risk assessment. This often leads to a reduction in insurance premiums.
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