Local NSW State Emergency Service (SES) units have switched to the Australian Alert System for flood and tsunami warnings from today.
The Australian Alert System is a national three-tier alerting framework that will cover all emergency service organizations and all hazards to make warnings clearer and easier to understand.
The alert system is:
- Tips – an incident has started. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.
- Stay informed
- Monitor conditions
- Reduced threat: return with caution
- Look and act – conditions are changing and you need to start acting now to protect yourself and your family.
- Do not enter flood waters
- Prepare to evacuate
- Prepare to self-isolate
- Avoid the neighborhood
- Emergency warning – the highest warning level. You may be in danger and need to act immediately.
- Evacuate now / Evacuate before [time]
- Shelter now
- Move to higher ground
NSW SES North Area Commander Andrew Cribb said the new approach to warnings gives NSW SES volunteers across the North Rivers, Middle North Coast, Hunter and NSW Central Coast a more efficient way and effective way to support communities by providing them with greater clarity.
“Early warnings save lives. Our new warnings contain very clear action statements encouraging the community to make safe decisions in a timely manner,” Chief Superintendent Cribb said.
“If you live in a community that has had flood warnings in the past, it is important to know how the NSW SES warnings will influence your decision and to take the time now to prepare for the action you will take in the event of a future disaster. ”
The new NSW SES warning levels will provide greater consistency as all states and territories gradually transition to the Australian warning system.
For more information on NSW SES visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For emergency flood and storm assistance call NSW SES on 132 500