AS WE brace for storm season, it's vital you know the flood warnings and how to act when they are issued.
When a flood warning is issued
Regularly check your local news site and listen to your local ABC radio station.
Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
Stack possessions, records, stock or equipment on benches and tables, placing electrical items on top.
Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage.
Relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level.
Keep in contact with your neighbours.
Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services.
Act early as roads may become congested or closed.
When an evacuation warning is issued
Locate valuables and important records.
Continue to read updates on your local news website and on the local radio.
Follow instructions given to you by emergency services.
When an evacuation order is issued
Turn off the electricity and gas at the mains before you leave and turn off and secure any gas bottles.
Take your pets with you.
Never enter or travel through floodwater.
Follow all instructions given to you by emergency services.
For more information, see www.floodsafe.com.au.