Surviving a storm

When it comes to severe storms, preparation is the key. That’s why it’s important to complete the storm safety tips in our Get prepared now section.

What's more, there are some simple things you can do during and after a storm to protect your family and home, as follows:

During a storm

  • Activate your Home Emergency Plan and get your Home Emergency Kit
  • Stay inside and well clear of windows, doors and skylights
  • Shelter in the safest part of your house (internal room, hallway, built-in wardrobe or cellar)
  • Avoid using electrical appliances
  • If outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a solid, enclosed space
  • If driving, turn on your hazard lights and pull over away from trees, power lines, drains and waterways
  • Stay tuned to the radio or other media for warnings, updates and advice

After a storm

  • Listen to the radio or other media for updates and advice
  • Check your house and property for damage
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines, trees, damaged buildings and waterways
  • Check on your neighbours to see if they need help
  • Do not go sightseeing


  • For emergency help in storms or floods, call the SES on 132 500.
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.