Know your risk

Storms can happen anywhere at any time and cause flooding.

Storms can damage

  • tress
  • buildings
  • power-lines

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Flood waters can rise quickly.

Even if a storm or flood does not damage your home, you may lose

  • power
  • phone and internet connection
  • road access

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Prepare your household

Prepare an emergency plan that everyone in your household understands.
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Prepare an emergency kit

Pack now

Battery powered radio and torch with spare batteries

Battery powered radio and torch, spare batteries

Important information

Important information, such as your emergency plan

Rubber or strong leather gloves

Rubber or strong leather gloves

First aid kit

First aid kit

Food and water

Food and water

Pack when needed

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Warm clothes, strong shoes or boots


Medicines, glasses and other essential items

Pet food

Pet food and anything else your pets need

Mobile phone and phone charger

Mobile phone and phone charger

Photos and special keepsakes

Photos and special keepsakes

Important documents

Important documents, for example

  • insurance papers
  • passports
  • birth certificates
  • money

Reduce risk where you can

Think about floods when buying a property

Think about floods and storms when buying or developing a house or other property.

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Remove trees that could fall on your home.

Keep your gutters and drains clear

Keep your gutters and drains clear.

Connect with your neighbours and get involved in your community

go to friends or a safe place

Check your neighbours are aware of the dangers and safe.

Stay up to date

Keep up to date on current storm and flood warnings and information.

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Act Safe

Look after children and pets

Look after children and pets

go to friends or a safe place

Check on family and neighbours

tie down anything that could blow or wash away

Tie down or put away anything that could blow or wash away.

Emergency kit

Check your emergency kit is ready to go.

If you leave, leave early

If you choose to leave, leave early.

keep indoors during storms

Keep indoors. During storms, stay away from windows and unplug electrical items where you can.

Prepare for power and water cuts

Prepare for possible power, water or internet cuts.

If you evacuate

Follow the advice from SES and Tasmania Police.

go to friends or a safe place

Go to friends or family in a safer place or an evacuation centre.

Take your pets

Take your pets and your emergency kit.

Help prevent damage

Turn off electricity

Turn off your home’s electricity, gas and water at the mains.

Sandbags in toilets

Put plastic bags of sand or mud in toilets and over bath and sink plugholes.

Stay home unless it is unsafe to do so

Do not go sightseeing

If you do need to go out, watch out for hazards.

Water over road

Water over roads.

Power lines broken

Damaged power-lines.

Landslides or erosion

Landslides or erosion.

Damaged roads

Damaged roads.

Sewage or chemical hazards

Sewage or chemical hazards.

Broken tree

Damaged trees & roofing iron.

Drive slowly

Drive slowly, turn on your headlights, turn away from floodwaters.


• Keep listening for updates and check
for information and available help after the event.
• If you left home, do not return until SES or Tasmania Police tell you it is safe.
• Watch out for hazards such as debris on roads or damaged roads.

If the storm or flood has damaged your home

Wear strong boots, gloves and protective clothing

Wear strong boots, gloves and protective clothes.

Do not turn on electricity

Do not turn on electricity and gas until a licensed electrician or gas-fitter tests it.

Use a torch

Use a torch, never matches or candles inside flood affected buildings.

Boil water

Boil drinking water until you are told the tap water is safe again.

Take a photo of damages

Take photos of any damage and contact your insurance company.

Go to friends or a safe place

Check neighbours are okay.

Take your pets

If you need to stay somewhere else, take your emergency kit and pets with you.

Supervise children

Supervise children.

Further information

Preparing for storms & floods

Current warnings

Emergency Broadcasters
Your local ABC radio station

Southern Tasmania

Northern Tasmania
91.7FM (Launceston)
102.5FM (Burnie)
100.5FM (Devonport)
90.5FM (Queenstown)
88.5FM (King Island)

TAS SES Social Media

Download the above in PDF format.

Understand the warnings and key information

Advice icon

Advice (Yellow): an incident has started. There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes. 

Watch and Act icon

Watch and Act (Orange): There is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family

Emergency Warning icon

Emergency Warning (Red): An Emergency Warning is the highest level of warning. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk. 

Community update (Blue): Specific information and updates for affected communities regarding a particular event or incident.

Incident icon

Incident (White): an incident is the initial occurrence of an event before it becomes an emergency warning. As soon as an incident is reported, TasALERT published basic information including the type and location of incident.