Storms and Flooding

Storm Season

During our lengthening storm season, it is recommended to prepare your property in a number of areas to have the best chance of getting through with minimal damage or disruption to normal life.

There are a number of things that can be done to prepare your property to place you in the best possible position.

State Emergency Service

The SES helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, including:

Preparing for Storms

Please first review the information in the General Disaster Preparedness section.

In addition to the General Disaster Preparedness information, there are some simple things that can be done to ensure you are as prepared as you can be for storm season on SMBI.

Gutters – It is crucial that you have your gutters cleared of leaf and other debris before storm season and that you ensure your gutters remain clear throughout the entire season. Many SES calls are placed to help with flooding caused by water overflowing gutters that have not been properly maintained.

Drains – As well as ensuring your gutters are clear of debris, it is recommended to ensure any drains you have are cleared of debris so any excess water can flow away from your house or garage.

Emergency Drains – If it looks like you may be going to suffer some unexpected water inundation, digging an emergency drain or trench to direct the water away may be a good move. Please be sure you have a shovel in your tool kit.

Sandbags and Plastic – Can I just clear something up right away? Sandbags are NOT designed to stop water inundation. Right, now we have that clear, what sandbags (and similar things, like bricks, besser blocks, etc) are designed to do is to hold plastic water barriers or other floof barriers in place. Plastic water barriers can be black plastic rolls or sheets from a hardware store, large garbage bags, or anything like this. For more information on how to properly use sandbags, look here.

Loose items – All loose items should be secured. These can be tied in place, placed inside, or possibly even sunk in a pool – during a storm there is enough danger without the added risks of flying furniture.

Power – It is possible that power loss will occur during a severe weather incident. Be prepared with alternate sources of power, and also keep some form of communication nearby and turned on so you can keep up to date with the conditions.

Requesting Assistance From SES

If you require SES Assistance during a flood or storm emergency, you can lodge your request one of 3 ways.

  1. Download the SES Android App (Opens in new window) or SES Apple App (Opens in new window) and lodge your request online
  2. Use our web app (Opens in new window) and lodge your request online
  3. Call us on 132 500

Correct Sandbag Usage