If you have to evacuate
Learn where to go, what to take and how to stay safe.
Be aware of changing conditions
Disaster situations can escalate quickly. Make sure you follow the instructions of emergency services.
- The Hazards Near Me app provides local emergency warnings and advice for bushfires, floods and tsunamis.
- Check severe weather warnings on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
If your area is on alert, prepare to evacuate ahead of time in case you need to leave at short notice.
Don't wait until an evacuation order is announced to prepare to leave.
Leave the area immediately if it's safe to do so. Conditions can change quickly. Roads can be closed or blocked by hazards like floodwaters, fallen trees and powerlines.
Check road conditions
Check your emergency kit
Add any last-minute items to your emergency kit such as:
- important documents
- medicines or prescriptions
- special requirements for children, people with disability, who are unwell or elderly people
- appropriate clothing and footwear
- fresh food and drinking water
Know where you're going
- stay with family or friends
- rent short-term accommodation in a safe location.
You can also go to an evacuation centre. This is a temporary safe place where you can get immediate disaster assistance. Find open evacuation centres on the State Emergency Service (SES) website.
For more information on accommodation support visit the Service NSW website.
Before leaving your home
Turn off power, gas and water and lock up securely.
If you have animals
If possible, take your pets with you when you evacuate. This includes if you are going to an evacuation centre.
Pack essential items for your pet for 3 to 7 days, including:
- food and treats
- toys and bedding
- identification tags
- registration and vaccination papers.
You may need to make other plans for larger animals and livestock. However, relocating them can take time, so these plans should be put in action early, before an evacuation order is made. Find out more about how to prepare your pets and livestock in an emergency.
How you'll know when it’s safe to return home
Emergency services like the SES and the Rural Fire Service will issue a warning when it’s safe to return to an area after an evacuation.
A bushfire will be downgraded to ‘advice’ when there is no immediate danger. Follow bushfire warnings and alerts on the Hazards Near Me app, or the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website, Facebook or X (formerly Twitter).
Visit the SES to monitor for an 'all clear' notice after a flood or severe weather event.