The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) can usually provide adequate warning of a possible flood. In the event of a flood you should pay careful attention to advice broadcast on radio and television and if requested, evacuate immediately.
By being aware and taking preventative measures before a flood eventuates, the negative effects of a flood can be lessened.
Check your local flood history or flood plans through your local council. Avoid building on flood plains unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
If your area is flood prone consider alternatives to carpet on ground levels, such as removable floor rugs, and tiled floors and walls.
Safeguard important documents
Keep insurance policies, documents and other valuables in a watertight container stored in a high place in your house. Don't forget to take the container with you if have to evacuate.
Ensure your electrical panel is in a high position above flood level.
Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your house. This will prevent raw sewage from contaminating your house.
Add a waterproof veneer to the exterior walls of your house.
Keep a supply of sandbags and sand available to place up against doors to prevent water from entering your house.
- List emergency phone numbers in a clearly visible location.
- Prepare an emergency kit