Know your district’s history of flooding and what areas are most at risk.
Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.
Identify which indoor items you will raise or remove to avoid being inundated by floodwater.
Check that all windows and external doors close securely to avoid torrential rain entering and damaging your home.
Talk to your children about floods.
Look out for water stains on walls and ceilings due to internal or external water leaks.
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.
Make sure your hot water system, rainwater tanks and other outdoor equipment are fixed securely.
Keep your gutters clear.
Ensure your house insurance is adequate and you understand the definition of flood cover as part of your policy.
Inspect your home’s exterior for any corrosion, rotten timber or loose fittings.
Keep a stock of sandbags or floodsax.
Keep in touch with warnings.
If evacuating, leave well before flooding occurs.
Never drive, ride, walk or play in floodwater.
Avoid entering flood water after a flash flood.
Talk to children about what do do in flash floods.
For emergency help in floods call the ACT SES on 132 500.
Keep away from fallen trees, power lines and damaged structures.
Get together with your fellow tenants to plan and understand your building's emergency procedure in case of a flood.
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.
Get together with fellow tenants or ask your Property Manager to check your building’s exterior for any corrosion, rotten timber or loose fittings.
Anchor water and fuel tanks to the ground as they could be swept downstream, causing damage to your home or others.
Move machinery, feed, grain and fuel to higher ground.
Move motors and portable electric equipment to a dry location if possible.
Determine whether underground tanks are engineered to keep them from lifting out of the ground if the contents are lighter than water.
Keep an inventory of livestock and property such as machinery and equipment.
Prepare a list of hazardous or potentially hazardous substances.
Move livestock to higher ground and be sure they have access to feed.
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.
Place rubble on the banks of earthen manure storage areas where flowing water may erode berms.
Prepare immovable power units and machinery for flooding.
Make sure your animal emergency and relocation kit is prepared at the start of the flood season.
Make a disaster plan and decide on a safe place to keep your stock prior to an emergency.
Ensure your animals have enough identification to link them back to you.
Make an emergency feed plan.
Make a disposal plan and check with your local government to see if laws or plans are in place for potential stock losses.
Reinforce garage walls with workbenches to prevent buckling under pressure from floodwater.
Select water resilient materials for wall linings.
Ensure joinery is designed for easy cleaning and drying.
Consider installing floor coverings resilient to floods.
Coat wooden window frames with water resistant paint or replace them with metal frames.
Install your electrical meter box and power points at the highest practical level.
Landscape to encourage free drainage around your home.
Consider installing flood resistant doors and doorframes which will withstand flood damage.
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.