How to find an evacuation centre
Information on how to find an evacuation centre in an emergency, what services are available and what to expect.
Find an evacuation centre
In an emergency situation you can go to an evacuation centre for shelter and assistance. Find your nearest evacuation centre on the:
What happens in an evacuation centre?
Evacuation centres meet the immediate needs of people who have left their properties in an emergency. They can provide shelter, food and clothing.
Arriving at an evacuation centre
You will be welcomed into the evacuation centre and asked questions to ensure you are offered the right support.
Evacuation centres are staffed by volunteers and paid staff from different agencies. All are there to help you.
Registering you and your family as safe
You will be asked to register yourself as safe. Volunteers may take your details or you may be requested to register online at Register.Find.Reunite, via the Australian Red Cross website.
Information and advice
Emergency responders will give regular updates to evacuation centre attendees, including the state of the response, current advice and warnings, and access to return home.
Support and disaster assistance
Trained volunteers and staff with experience in disasters are on hand to help you.
You and your family will be offered emotional support, and people who identify as needing additional assistance will be given special care.
Advice on financial and housing assistance is also available to those who need it.
When can I go back home?
You can return to your home when there is no immediate danger and the warning for your area has been downgraded.
To stay informed:
- download the Hazards Near Me app
- visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website, follow on Facebook or X (formerly Twitter).
When returning to your property, make sure you are aware of the dangers and take steps to protect your health and safety.