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To stay up to date with the latest evacuations and changing conditions across NSW, visit the NSW SES website. If you are in a flood-prone area, ensure you're well across potential threats early - and that you know what you would do if you are required to evacuate.

Sonder is also sending out regular notifications to members who we detect are in a flood warning zone - please ensure your app permissions are set so that we can see your location and enable push notifications. This way, we'll be able to support you in a timely and effective way.

Schools closures and work from home

Many schools in flood-affected regions across the state remain closed this week due to flooding, and people in those areas who have not been told to evacuate, are being advised to work from home. To see all affected schools, visit the NSW Dept of Education website here.

Know the difference between flood warnings, evacuation warnings and evacuation orders

  • Flood Watch is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and provides a 'heads up' that flooding is likely.

  • Flood Warning is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and warns a community of flooding at a predicted height, time and location.

  • Flood Bulletin is issued by the NSW SES to to warn a community of flooding at a predicted height, time and location and the expected risks, impacts, consequences and the safest actions to take.

  • Evacuation Warning is issued by the NSW SES to warn a community of the potential to evacuate properties, risks to life and property and the safest actions to take.

  • Evacuation Order is issued by the NSW SES to immediately evacuate at risk sections of the community from a flood threatened area and advises the safest actions to take.

  • All Clear is issued by the NSW SES to advise the evacuated community that it is safe for people to return to the area and any residual risks.

Monitor your flood situation

You may not always receive an official warning before floods begin to impact you, therefore it is important to be aware of the flood situation in your local area.

Monitor the local situation by personally witnessing the height and rate at which floodwaters are rising; maintaining contact with other people in your local community, through trusted social media channels, and local radio stations to receive and share updates on the flood situation.

Monitor the likelihood of flash flooding

Severe Weather Warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology warn of the possibility of flash flooding.

When flash flooding is likely, leaving low-lying homes and businesses (evacuation) well before flash flooding begins is the best action to take, but only if it is safe to do so. If you are trapped by rising floodwater, seek refuge in the highest part of a sturdy building. Stay there and call '000' (triple zero) if you need rescue.

**Don’t walk or drive through floodwaters – this is the main cause of death and injury during flooding**

Disaster Relief Payments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the activation of the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance for affected NSW local government areas.

Residents who have suffered home damage or serious injuries in the floods, are being granted one-off payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child. In addition, those who have lost their livelihoods can get a short-term income payment for up to 13 weeks.

The package has been made available to Armidale, Bellingen, Blacktown, the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, the Central Coast, Cessnock City, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour City, Cumberland, Dungog, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, the Hills, Hornsby, Inner West, Kempsey, Ku-ring-gai, Lake Macquarie, Liverpool, Maitland City, Mid-Coast, Nambucca Valley, Newcastle City, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, Sutherland, Tenterfield and Wollondilly.

Flood-impacted residents can claim the relief payments immediately by calling Services Australia on 180 22 66 or visit the Services Australia website for more information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our team is here for you at all times of day and night. We can give you advice on what to do if you're evacuated, find you medical support and more.

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