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About SES warnings

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) is the control agency for flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake in Victoria. For emergency information and warnings for all hazards please visit the VicEmergency website

Detailed information regarding the types of warnings and notifications issued for each emergency event can be found on the following pages:

Emergency Alert

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During times of emergencies such as extreme weather events, your landline or mobile phone may be used to deliver a critical warning. This 'Emergency Alert' phone or text message is another way for authorities to inform you on what you may need to do. If you do not understand the message, ask a family member, friend or neighbour for assistance.

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Standard Emergency Warning Signal


The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a distinctive "wailing" siren which may be broadcast on radio, television, or public areas such as shopping centres or sports grounds. The use of SEWS is intended to attract the listener’s attention prior to the broadcast of an important safety message.

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Community Sirens

Community sirens, including existing CFA Brigade sirens, are now being used as part of Victoria’s warning system for all hazards – including flood, fire and storm.

A prolonged, five-minute signal will indicate that a current emergency has been identified in the local area and people should seek further information from sources such as Victoria’s emergency broadcasters, websites, flood and fire information lines and social media.

Sirens are an additional tool for the emergency services to communicate with the community and are not a stand-alone warning system.

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VICSES Information Line

During large-scale emergencies the VICSES Emergency Information Line will be activated.  The number to call for this service is 1300 VICSES (that's 1300 842 737). 

Visit our Emergency Contacts page for further information regarding this service.