Spring Rains may bring Spring Floods. Get Flood Ready.
The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is preparing for floods in Spring 2020, and asking every community member to take notice now and Get Flood Ready.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) outlook includes potential for La Niña weather, bringing heavy Spring rains to South Eastern Australia and a higher risk of floods in the already wet North East.
Adding extra risk, areas affected by last Summer’s bushfires respond differently as heavy rains can trigger dangerous landslides on burnt ground, and it’s more prone to flash flooding. These are already areas that VICSES is watching closely in the event of any rain.
There are simple ways to Get Flood Ready at home, on the farm and in business and now is the time to take action:
Find Your Local Flood Information and how to Get Ready, including Local Flood Guides for a number of at-risk townships at www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready
Plan: Review your Home Emergency Plan or use the Australian Red Cross RediPlan Get Prepared smartphone app to make an all hazards plan redcross.org.au/prepare. Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quicker afterwards.
Decide what items are most important for you to protect and make a list for your plan.
Know what to do if your home is being threatened by major flooding and what it means by Bag It, Block It, Lift It and Leave.
Bag it - by laying sandbags where water may get into your home. Block it - by covering your toilet and drains to prevent back-flow and then ‘Lift-it and Leave’ by shifting valuables onto tables and benchtops and leaving early to a family or friends house on higher ground - which is still ok to do in-line with COVID-19 restrictions.
Take note to never drive through floodwater. It can take just 15cm of flowing water to float a small car. The number one cause of death in a flood is people attempting to drive through floodwater.
Remember that higher ground is safer ground: Always move people, animals and equipment to higher ground or a safer place well before the rain starts and conditions become too dangerous.
If you require emergency assistance during a flood or storm call SES on 132 500.
If your emergency is life threatening call Triple Zero 000.
For the latest emergency information and warnings go to VicEmergency: emergency.vic.gov.au
Victorian State Emergency Service
The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for storms and floods in Victoria, which means that they are responsible for planning for storms and floods, and for managing the response if they do occur.
VICSES does this by assisting municipal councils and other agencies with the provision of advice, information, education and training in relation to emergency management, including the prevention of, response to, and recovery from emergencies.
This is guided by the North East Regional Flood Emergency Plan and Municipal Flood Emergency Plan(DOCX, 7MB) .
The StormSafe website has all the information you need including an emergency toolkit. https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/stormsafe
It is important to know flood prone areas in your location.
If you are unaware, please contact us or visit your local SES branch.
When you hear a warning:
- Listen to the radio and check the VicEmergency website or app for more information and advice.
- Go over your Emergency Plan.
- Pack clothing and other extra items into your Emergency Kit and take this with you if you evacuate.
When flooding may happen soon:
- Make sure your family members and neighbours are aware of what is happening.
- Be ready to evacuate. Act early. Conditions change rapidly. Roads and escape routes can be covered or blocked. Don’t forget to take pets and medicine with you.
- Put household valuables and electrical items as high as possible.
- Turn off water, gas and electricity at the mains.
- Secure objects likely to float and cause damage. Raise chemicals and oils well above the forecast flood height.
During the flood:
For emergency assistance, call 132 500 for VICSES.
- Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater. This is the main cause of death during floods.
- Never allow children to play in floodwater. This is the main cause of death during floods for children and young people.
- Stay away from drains, culverts and waterways. Water can flow quickly and have strong currents.
- Stay well clear of fallen trees, power lines and damaged buildings.
After the flood:
- If your property has been flooded, check with us for information and advice.
- Have all electrical and gas equipment professionally tested before use.
Road closures will be listed at vicroads.vic.gov.au