Prepare for Heavy Rainfall and Floods

Flooded road

Extreme rainfall and droughts are deeply ingrained in Australia’s climate history. A major driver for rainfall variability in Australia is ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation). The Bureau of Meteorology has announced a La Niña has developed in the Pacific Ocean which will see wet conditions hit eastern and northern Australia this summer.

Be prepared for heavy rainfall and possibly floods by following these simple steps:

Before Heavy Rainfall | Prepare your Home
  • Inspect your roof for any areas of concern such as missing shingles, tiles, or leaks. Make a note of these areas and have them rectified.
  • Clear gutters and drains of debris and leaves.
  • Securely shut all doors and windows in your home and check their seal. Rectify issues, if any.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items in case you lose power or need to leave home in an emergency.
  • Prepare an emergency plan that outlines what you would do in an emergency.
  • Check if your home insurance is up to date and adequate.
  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology website regularly for weather warnings
During Heavy Rainfall
  • Remain inside and avoid unnecessary travel. Be aware of flash flood warnings.
  • Never drive, walk, or ride through floodwaters.  
  • For emergency help in flood, storm, and tsunami, call the SES on 132 500
After Heavy Rainfall
  • Survey the outside of your home to make sure there is no damage. If there is, engage qualified professionals to address the damage.
  •  If you don’t need help, check on and help your neighbours.
  • In case of power failure, fallen powerlines, electrical problems, gas or water supply interruption, or emergencies —call your local supplier
  • For information on power outages, visit the Ausgrid website.
  • Learn how to clean up after a flood.

For more information on preparing for heavy rainfall and floods, visit the SES website