Building/Business owners and managers

Building/Business owners and managers

Building safety

Every building in the city centre, business or residential, should have an emergency management plan, which should be displayed on every floor, and should be rehearsed at least twice a year. The emergency management plan should cover all occupants of the building, including the less mobile, and those who don’t speak English.

In residential buildings, a nominated person/s on each floor should be responsible for doorknocking the neighbours. For neighbours who may need help evacuating, you should set up an emergency buddy system and register, so they can be helped if a building evacuation occurs.

Encourage your building's occupants to prepare a Go Bag in case access back into the building is delayed. 

Every building in the city centre should have clearly marked exit signs and floor plans. Fire escapes should be easily accessible at all times. Anything that blocks access to the fire escape can cost lives in an emergency.

If your building does not have an emergency plan, exit signs or floor plans, ask your building managers to do something about it. 


SydneyALERT sends emergency notifications via text message or email to people such as building and security managers or wardens, and to crisis management teams. These people will be responsible for passing on the alert messages to people in their buildings.

All office and residential buildings in the city centre should be signed up to SydneyALERT. Make sure that your building has signed up for SydneyALERT.


For more information about SydneyALERT: 8247 5900

Last updated: Monday, 10 October 2016