How to prepare your home and property for a flood
Guidance on how to prepare your property if there is a risk of flooding in your area. Find out what to do during an event, and what you can do what to do before flood season.
Actions to take before a flood reaches you
When you hear of a possible flooding event, or a flood alert has been issued, it is time to act.
- Follow your flood plan. If you don't have one, leave early before flooding occurs.
- Complete as many of these tasks as you can to protect your home.
In your home
- Move household items as high as possible. Put furniture on beds and then personal items on top of the furniture.
- Stack electrical equipment on top.
- Take out wooden drawers from furniture and cupboards that can't be moved.
- Place perishable food items in plastic bags or waterproof containers.
- Secure items such as refrigerators that may be dangerous if moved by flood water. If you can't secure them and you have to evacuate, leave the doors open.
- Remove light bulbs from light fixtures that are below flood level.
- Put sandbags over drainage holes and in toilets.
Around your home
- Place plastic sheeting and sandbags at entryways to prevent water from entering your property.
- Protect machinery and equipment that cannot be moved with waterproof covers or sandbagging.
- Store chemicals and poisons in waterproof containers as high as possible.
- Turn off the mains supply for water, power and gas.
- Secure loose items in your yard and around your home.
- Remove items from around your home that might collect water and attract mosquitos. Find more information on preventing bites and mosquito-borne diseases at NSW Health.
What to do before flood season
- Prepare your home emergency plan.
- Maintain adequate home and contents insurance. Check your insurance policy is up to date.
- Prepare or inspect your emergency kit. Test batteries and check use-by dates on items like gloves and first-aid supplies.
- Purchase containers to store drinking water. Purchase extra fuel supplies and hessian bags for sandbags.
- Consider alternatives to carpet floor coverings.
- Raise power points and air-conditioning units, if possible.
- Consider planting, landscaping or building structures around your property to deflect water, improve drainage and protect your home against landslides.
- Give thought to raising your house or building to protect it from floods.