Prepare your home

Your yard

Secure or remove anything that could become a missile if picked up in strong winds or swept up in storm water, such as outdoor furniture, children's play equipment, tools and barbecues.

Tie down sheds or other small structures not permanently fixed and secure caravans, boats and vehicles in your garage or tie them down to strong structures.

Your home

  • Turn off non-essential power and/or gas
  • Sandbag areas at risk from flooding, where possible
  • Cover windows and doors with timber sheeting or tape across the glass with masking tape. Close all doors
  • Store water – this could be in spare containers or the bath. Water for washing or flushing toilets can be stored in wheelie bins.
  • Make sure you have enough large plastic bags to wrap items such as appliances in case of flooding.
  • Lift items that need to be high off the ground such as appliances and computers (this could be on a bed or bench or a higher floor).
  • Put important documents and items such as photo albums in plastic bags and high cupboards.

Your shelter

If staying home, decide which room to shelter in. The best option is an internal room with few or small windows, such as the bathroom. Use mattresses and other bedding to protect yourself and make sure your household emergency kit is in the room for the duration of the event.   In a flood event, your safest room may be on a higher floor.

Last updated: 06 February 2015