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How to prepare your practice for a disaster

Our region is prone to a variety of natural emergencies, especially storms, bushfires, floods, windstorms, snowstorms and extended power supply issues. At times, this forces residents to evacuate their homes, and seek shelter and assistance at emergency evaluation centres. 

In the face of this, general practices should consider a business continuity plan in the event of extreme weather conditions, such as fire, flood or extended power supply issues. 

Tips for being prepared 

The most effective support you can provide during a time of disaster is to consider extending practice opening hours to accommodate an increase in patient demand.

Disaster Management Webinar

NSW State Emergency Service

NSW State Emergency Service | Hazardwatch
SES | Flood risk in the Hawkesbury Nepean
SES | Your Flood Plan

Numbers to call

For emergency help in floods call NSW SES on 132 500
For all life threatening emergencies call 000

Where to find information

Local weather updates

Bureau of Meteorology

Long-range weather, climate and hydrology

ABC Radio

ABC Listen app

Flood and storm updates

SES website

SES Facebook page

Plan for your animals
Live Traffic information

Live Traffic NSW

Live Traffic app

SES NSW Language Languages | SES

Hearing/speech impaired SMS

If an interpreter is required, emergency services can access translation services through NRS at 0423 677 767.

Internet Relay

NRS Call | Internet Relay

Support for homeless families

Link2home 1800 152 152


Our HealthPathways team led the national development of a suite of pathways addressing Disaster Planning and Management addressing issues related to patients and general practice preparedness and recovery.

The pathways that have been developed are:

If you need access to HealthPathways, contact the HealthPathways team for a username and password.