The start of every year in Australia seems to follow a pattern that involves bushfires, floods, and a dash of the ongoing pandemic before it repeats all over again. So rather than get caught out by the floods whenever Mother Nature decides to say, "let's go for round two," we're going to get ahead of the game by sharing some handy tips on getting prepped and ready before any potential flooding comes in.

From getting supplies packed to getting your home and family ready, we've got you covered so you'll be prepared to handle the next flood event.

Things to do before the flood

There are a bunch of little things you can do before a potential flood comes in that'll make your life much easier down the line, and all it takes is a few minutes.

  • Know your area and stay informed - Find out if you live in an area that's prone to flooding so you can understand your potential risks better, and stay up-to-date on the latest weather warnings and alerts (which you can do at the BOM website).

  • Know where to go and who to call - Figure out the safest route to travel in the event that you need to evacuate and check in with friends and family outside the flood-prone area so you have a place to go. Make sure you also have all the relevant emergency numbers handy and ready to go if you need it.

  • Get supplies ready - Flood-appropriate clothing and footwear, a first aid kit, torch, radio, drinking water, non-perishable food, toiletries, spare power packs and batteries for your devices, and all your important documents (like passports, insurance documents, etc) are a must so you'll be ready for any emergency situation. For a checklist on what you should have, head over to Get Ready QLD.

  • Put together an emergency plan - When the floods do come, you'll have an idea of what to do rather than making it up on the go. For ideas on what to do for your plan, head over to the NSW SES website for some handy plan templates.

  • Tie stuff down - You'll likely have a bunch of large and loose items around your home so make sure those are safely secured and stored away. You don't want stuff falling all over the place and causing a massive mess if the floods arrive.

  • Prep your home - Make sure you have the right insurance policy in place as some don't cover you for damage caused by natural disasters. You'd want to be insured properly rather than not!

What to do if a flood hits

The water is rising and you've been told to GTFO and to safety, so what's next? It's important to stay calm and evacuate as quickly as possible.

  • Pack your clothes and emergency supplies you prepared earlier.

  • Get out your emergency plan and follow it.

  • Inform a neighbour, friend, family, or the authorities about where you're going.

  • Make sure all the power, gas, and water in your home is turned off and everything is locked up.

  • Don't drive through floodwater, that is dangerous even in a 4WD.

  • Follow instructions given to you by the authorities.

  • Stay up-to-date on weather alerts, updates, and safety notices from authorities via radio and online.

If you want more flood and wild weather information and content, we've got you covered right here and here. And if you need someone to talk to, Sonder is here to provide all the support and help you need.

Sonder's team is constantly monitoring the latest weather warnings across Australia and will send out alerts to members who are in affected areas. To ensure you receive these alerts in a timely way, ensure you enable location and message permissions in the Sonder app.


If you have any questions or need support before, during or after a flooding event, we're here to help you anytime, in any language. Simply start a chat with us via the home screen of the Sonder app.

Information sourced from: NSW SES, Get Ready QLD, and Apia.

Image credit: NSW SES Facebook

All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice.

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