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Consider the risks and make a plan
Planning and preparing for emergencies at home can help protect your family and property, reduce the impact of the emergency, and recover quicker after.
Taking the time to think about emergencies and making a plan helps you to think clearly, have a greater sense of control, and make better decisions when an emergency occurs.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. It’s important to have a plan, know what to do and where to find information in an emergency.
Considering the risks in an emergency at home can include creating an emergency plan, using your local flood guide, learning about sandbagging and how to 'bag it, block it, lift it and leave', and what steps to take as an emergency takes place.
How to use sandbags to protect your home from flooding
There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during flooding.
Sandbags will not stop the water completely but can reduce the amount of water entering your home. During low-level flooding, sandbags placed in the right locations around your home can reduce the impact of flooding.
- Review the VICSES sandbag quick reference guide
Watch the video below to learn how to sandbag your home to help reduce the impact of floods. It explains the different types; when to use them; and how to fill them, lay them safely, and dispose of them afterward.
If your home close to a river, creek, major storm drain or in a low-lying area, then you may be at greater risk of flood impact. Get to know your area by understanding your local flood guide - find yours.