Plan to be flood ready and stay safe
The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for flooding in Victoria, which means that we are responsible for planning for floods, supporting community preparedness and managing flood response if they do occur.
Be flood ready: Bag it, block it, lift it and leave
Victoria has many areas that are prone to flooding. Here's how you and your loved ones can be flood ready and stay safe.
Bag it: Get your sandbags ready and in place to prevent water from entering your property
Block it: Block drains, toilets, and doorways
Lift it: Lift your valuables up high
Leave: Get on your way to a safe destination as soon as possible.
More advice on how to prepare for a flood
If you live in, work in or visit areas on low-lying land, close to creeks or rivers, or near major stormwater drains you may be at risk of flooding. Always keep yourself safe.
Floodwater is a powerful force and there are many unseen dangers. Flooding can happen at any time, with little warning. You can’t see what lies under the water. Roads can be washed away, bridges can be damaged and floodwater may contain sewage and debris.
A well-prepared community can reduce the impact of flooding by up to 80%. People who are prepared are more likely to respond to floods appropriately and safely. People who have planned and prepared for emergencies can help to reduce the impact of emergencies on their homes and families and recover faster.
Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater
Never allow children to play in or near floodwater
If evacuated, do not return until it is safe to do so
Follow the advice of authorities (including any requests for evacuation)
Leave early before flooding occurs and goto family or friends on higher ground if you can
Contact family, neighbours and those you know are at risk to ensure they are aware of the situation and know what to do
Learn more about the risk of flooding in your area - Check to see if your community has a Local Flood Guide or local flood information
Sandbagging can help during a flood
Learn how to sandbag using our sandbagging guide.
Learning what to do in a flood - for families
For families, we have created a simple and catchy animation to help you and your community prepare for floods.
Plan to stay dry, check how high
Bag it, block it, lift it and leave
Prepare an emergency plan
Taking the time to plan for emergencies helps your think more clearly, have a greater sense of control, and make better decisions when an emergency happens. Your emergency plan should include:
Emergencies that might affect you
How they might affect you
What you will do before, during and after an emergency
Where you will go if you evacuate and the safest route to get there
A list of contact numbers you may need
You can use the VICSES flood checklist to prepare for a flood.
There are simple and practical steps you can take to protect yourself, the people you love, and the things you value most. Do one simple thing – create an emergency plan using RediPlan or the Get Prepared app. You can download your Rediplan template by visiting the Australian Red Cross website.
Community Safety Program for Flood
The Community Safety Program for Flood details how VICSES works with communities and partners, to achieve more aware, informed and prepared communities; supporting them to understand their flood risk and the relevance of taking action before, during and after emergency events.
Understand the flood history in Victoria
Victoria has many flood-prone communities with thousands of homes, properties and businesses at risk of flooding. Floods cause more damage per year in terms of dollars and lives lost than any other natural hazard in Australia. Flooding can happen at any time of the year.
If you live in, work in, or visit areas on low-lying land, close to creeks or rivers, or near major stormwater drains, you may be at risk of flooding. A well-prepared community can reduce the impact of flooding by up to 80%. People who are prepared are more likely to respond to floods appropriately and safely.
To understand more about flood warnings, levels and history, head to the know your hazard - flood page.
When to call VICSES during a flood
During a flood, VICSES help may include:
Providing flood advice
Protecting essential services
Helping to protect properties
Rescuing people from floodwater
Advising of an evacuation
If you need help, please call 132 500.
For more information on what the VICSES does in the community, visit the what we do page.
Your local flood information
Use the lookup box below to find your local flood guide. You can search by suburb, postcode or council/municipality or browse the flood guides by municipality below: