Emergency advice

Be prepared

Severe storms with strong winds and lightning strikes, heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and extreme heat during a heatwave are the most likely emergency and disaster impacts for local residents, workers and visitors in the City of Sydney's local area.

Other impacts could include health emergencies such as a major flu (influenza) outbreak causing service disruptions in the local area.

There are some simple steps you can take to prepare for these emergencies or potential disasters and there are many sources of information to help you before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

Get ready Sydney

The Office of Emergency Management provides information for individuals, councils, community service organisations and businesses to become disaster ready through its Get Ready Sydney initiative.

Get Ready Sydney


Storms can happen anywhere at any time of the year and be any combination of strong winds, heavy rain, hail and lightning. Potential hazards include flying debris, falling trees, large hailstones, lightning strikes and fast-moving floodwaters.


Local flooding can occur at any time of the year and may be accompanied by heavy rain, strong winds, large hailstones and lightning. Floods can also impact infrastructure such as sewerage, electricity, roads and public transport and communication systems.


A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather for 3 or more days in a row. Exposure to extreme heat can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sometimes death.


You can reduce the risk to you and your family and your property from being struck by lightning. Have an emergency kit on hand especially at night if there is a power blackout.


Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can occur at any time of the year but usually peaks in winter.

Pets in emergencies

In an emergency or disaster, your animals are your responsibility. It is up to you to prepare for their safety and welfare.

Last updated: Monday, 16 December 2019