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 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. 

For families, we have created a simple and catchy animation to help you and your community prepare for floods. Remember:

  • Plan to stay dry, check how high
  • Bag it, block it, lift it and leave

Plan and stay safe

The important information below can help you learn more about preparing for floods. 


Find your local flood information

How can I prepare my home for floods?

VICSES has developed local flood guides to explain local flood risks for many flood prone communities and support you to prepare for and respond to flood events. 

VICSES have also developed Municipal flood emergency plans for emergency management agencies.

 View the Local Flood Guides Map 

 View Municipal Flood Emergency Plans 

Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quickly afterwards.

 How to plan and prepare for floods 


How do flood warning systems work?

How will floods affect your business?

Learn about warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to tell people about possible flooding

 Flood warning systems 

Is your business close to a river, creek, major storm drain or in a low-lying area, then you may be at risk.

 How will floods affect your business? 


Download the VICSES flood resources which will help you before, during and after a flood emergency:


Local Melbourne Flood Videos

Do you live in a Melbourne flood hotspot? Watch all the videos or click on the link below to watch your local floodsafe video:

Brunswick | Chelsea | Frankston | Knox | Monash | Preston 

VICSES Community Safety Program for flood

The Community Safety program for flood [PDF 7 MB] 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. 



It can take just 15cm to float. Never drive on a flooded road.

When to call VICSES

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 132500.

For more information on what the SES does in the community visit the what we do page.

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