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Know your district’s history of flooding and what areas are most at risk.

Emergency numbers

Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.

Raise objects

Identify which indoor items you will raise or remove to avoid being inundated by floodwater.

Windows and doors

Check that all windows and external doors close securely to avoid torrential rain entering and damaging your home.


Talk to your children about floods.

Water leaks

Look out for water stains on walls and ceilings due to internal or external water leaks.

Water tanks

Anchor water tanks to the ground as they could be swept downstream, causing damage to your home or others.


Have tarps and ropes ready in the event of roof damage.

Secure outdoor equipment

Make sure your hot water system, rainwater tanks and other outdoor equipment are fixed securely.


Keep your gutters clear.

Flood insurance

Ensure your house insurance is adequate and you understand the definition of flood cover as part of your policy.

Exterior corrosion

Inspect your home’s exterior for any corrosion, rotten timber or loose fittings.


Keep a stock of sandbags or floodsax.

Flash floods: warnings

Keep in touch with warnings.


If evacuating, leave well before flooding occurs.

Flash floods: floodwater

Never drive, ride, walk or play in floodwater.

Flash floods: entering floodwater

Avoid entering flood water after a flash flood.

Flash floods: children

Talk to children about what do do in flash floods.

Flash floods: emergency help

For emergency help in floods call the ACT SES on 132 500.

Flash floods: keep clear

Keep away from fallen trees, power lines and damaged structures.

Apartment: discuss with fellow tenants

Get together with your fellow tenants to plan and understand your building's emergency procedure in case of a flood.

Apartment: fellow tenants and gutters

Speak to your fellow tenants, body corporate and property manager about whether gutters and downpipes are cleared regularly of leaves, twigs, bark and other debris. If necessary, request they be cleared more often.

Apartment: building exterior

Get together with fellow tenants or ask your Property Manager to check your building’s exterior for any corrosion, rotten timber or loose fittings.

Rural properties: water and fuel tanks

Anchor water and fuel tanks to the ground as they could be swept downstream, causing damage to your home or others.

Rural properties: machinery and feed

Move machinery, feed, grain and fuel to higher ground.

Rural properties: motors

Move motors and portable electric equipment to a dry location if possible.

Rural properties: underground tanks

Determine whether underground tanks are engineered to keep them from lifting out of the ground if the contents are lighter than water.

Rural properties: inventory

Keep an inventory of livestock and property such as machinery and equipment.

Rural properties: hazardous substances

Prepare a list of hazardous or potentially hazardous substances.

Rural properties: Livestock

Move livestock to higher ground and be sure they have access to feed.

Rural properties: dairy cattle

If you have dairy cattle, develop plans for moving your cows to temporary milking facilities and learn about emergency milk pick-up services available in your area.

Rural properties: manure storage areas

Place rubble on the banks of earthen manure storage areas where flowing water may erode berms.

Rural properties: power units and machinery

Prepare immovable power units and machinery for flooding.

Rural properties: animal emergency and relocation kit

Make sure your animal emergency and relocation kit is prepared at the start of the flood season.

Rural properties: disaster plan

Make a disaster plan and decide on a safe place to keep your stock prior to an emergency.

Rural properties: animal identification

Ensure your animals have enough identification to link them back to you.

Rural properties: feed plan

Make an emergency feed plan.

Rural properties: disposal plan

Make a disposal plan and check with your local government to see if laws or plans are in place for potential stock losses.

Retrofit: Garage

Reinforce garage walls with workbenches to prevent buckling under pressure from floodwater.

Retrofit: Wall linings

Select water resilient materials for wall linings.

Retrofit: Joinery

Ensure joinery is designed for easy cleaning and drying.

Retrofit: Floor coverings

Consider installing floor coverings resilient to floods.

Retrofit: Window frames

Coat wooden window frames with water resistant paint or replace them with metal frames.

Retrofit: Electricity meter

Install your electrical meter box and power points at the highest practical level.

Retrofit: Landscaping

Landscape to encourage free drainage around your home.

Retrofit: Doors and doorframes

Consider installing flood resistant doors and doorframes which will withstand flood damage.

Horses: AVA storm guide

Use the Australian Veterinary Association: 'Keeping your horse safe in cyclones, storms and floods' pamphlet as a guide for building your horse disaster plan and emergency kit.