Flood

Unexpected or localised flooding on campus

If the building or area is in danger of being flooded unexpectedly:

  • Raise the alarm - alert others and notify Security (call 1800 646 501) immediately. If a small localised area has some flooding contact Facilities Management as soon as practicable.
  • Switch off any electrical equipment and gas that could be affected by water, if safe to do so.
  • Move any chemicals, documents, equipment and valuables to a safe area, if there is time.
  • Evacuate to a safe area unaffected by flooding - another building, a higher floor or higher ground.
  • Never enter or attempt to cross a flooded waterway (creeks, rivers, dams, drains) or road either on foot or in a vehicle.

When a flood warning is issued

When a flood warning is issued, there are a few things secure objects so they don't float away you can do to protect your family and property:

  • 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 listening to your ABC Local Radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services
  • Act early as roads may become congested or close.

When an evacuation warning is issued

Staying inside a house, even one which you think is high enough, may be very dangerous. If you are warned to evacuate it is always safest to move to a location away from the flood affected area before floodwater arrives.

When preparing to evacuate, you should:

  • Locate important papers, valuables and mementos. Put them in your Emergency Kit.
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Follow instructions given to you by emergency services
  • Check that your neighbours know of the warning
  • Stack furniture and possessions above likely flood level, on beds and in roof (electrical items on top)
  • Move garbage, chemicals and poisons to a high place
  • Secure objects that could float and cause damage
  • Protect/relocate valuable stock and equipment
  • If on the land, move livestock to high ground
  • Check your car and fill it with fuel
  • Check emergency kit and fresh water stocks.

When an evacuation order is issued

You may be advised to evacuate by local authorities, but if you leave of your own accord, tell police or Emergency Services and your neighbours.

In either case, take the following actions:

  • Turn off the electricity, water 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
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Take your emergency kit and your personal belongings
  • Empty freezers and refrigerators leaving doors open (to avoid floating and subsequent damage)
  • Follow all instructions given to you by emergency services.

Whether you leave or stay, place a sandbag in the toilet bowl to prevent back-flow of sewage into your home.

During and after the flood

If you remain in your home, or when you return, take these precautions:

  • Keep listening to your radio for all official advice
  • Follow your household plan
  • Remain in your shelter area
  • Contact family members who are away from home and tell them to return only when safe
  • Keep in touch with neighbours and assist if necessary.

Before entering any flood-affected part of the home, ensure it is safe to do so. You should consider:

  • Whether any spiders, snakes or debris are present
  • Wear non-slip footwear, protective clothing and puncture-resistant gloves whilst cleaning-up and use disinfectant
  • Never consume food or liquid that has been in contact with floodwater
  • Replace damaged floor coverings, furniture and fittings with water resistant alternatives
  • Ensure the structural stability of your property before entering
  • Check for damage to windows, walls and the roof and be especially cautious of potential contaminants including asbestos
  • Make sure the electricity and gas is turned off before going inside. Use a torch to carry out inspections inside buildings
  • If power points, electrical equipment, appliances or electrical hot water systems have been exposed to floodwater or are water damaged in any way, they must be inspected by a qualified electrician before use
  • Gas appliances and gas bottles that have been exposed to floodwater should be inspected for safety before use
  • Be aware of any slip, trip or fall hazards
  • Only use clean utensils and personal items
  • Have a supply of fresh drinking water

Source: adapted from Floodsafe NSW and Floodsafe NT

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