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The SES says a new nation-wide Australian Warning System will be introduced next month. Photo David Lowe.

The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) will soon transition to an overhauled warning system under the new nation-wide Australian Warning System, to be introduced next month.

The Australian Warning System is a national three-tiered warning framework that will cover all emergency services organisations and all hazards.

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said the new approach to warnings will better support communities by providing them with greater clarity. ‘Early warnings save lives. Our new warnings will contain very clear action statements to enable the community to make safe decisions.

‘If you live in a community that has received flood warnings in the past, it is important to learn how the NSW SES warnings are changing, and prepare for what action you will take when a future disaster strikes.’

Under the Australian Warning System’s AdviceWatch & Act and Emergency Warning framework, the NSW SES tiers of warning will be:

  1. Stay informed;
  2. Prepare to evacuate; and
  3. Move to higher ground.

Warnings during storms, floods and tsunamis will continue to be distributed through the NSW SES website, NSW SES social media channels and local ABC radio stations

The NSW SES’s new tiers of warning will provide greater consistency as all states and territories gradually transition to the Australian Warning System.

Learn more at www.ses.nsw.gov.au/warnings.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. quote: “Warnings during storms, floods and tsunamis will continue to be distributed through the NSW SES website, NSW SES social media channels and local ABC radio stations”.

    I think we may have to go back to the drawing board in regards to this..
    Most if not all of the telecommunications in the March floods were knocked out for days and even weeks on end…plus the power as well…so any updates were useless.
    Then there was the issues of the SES plus the BOM websites not being updated in REAL TIME!!
    That would have been useless as well…because we had no Internet, mobile phone or power…

    To those people who specialise in Natural Emergency..do the planning..
    Fellas…
    You got to come up with a better way which works on the KISS principal..because this high tech shite that you are depending on was left wanting…when push came to shove and lives were on the line..it was bloody USELESS..

  2. The community already received a very clear statement from the SES – to return home – while Lismore was in the eye of a cyclone.

    The community does not need more clarity from the SES.

    It needs the SES to become worthy of listening to

  3. Even if more rainfall and river level data are collected enabling earlier warnings, exactly how high will the water rise? How long is a piece of string? People need to act with caution, not “She’ll be right mate”. Bring back common sense.

    If it makes people take them more seriously, I suggest that ‘east coast lows’ be referred to as ‘cyclones’ in future. Anyone who looked at the radar image during the second flood could have seen one.

  4. What is the overall EVACUATION PLAN FOR THE NORTHERN RIVERS! Where are the Evacuation Centres? Are there sufficient busses in the areas (Splendour ran out of them!!!) If roads are collapsing driving is dangerous! Perhaps we need tO MOST SERIOUSLY CONSIDER ADDRESSING THE NEED FOR FAST TRAINS …WITH A WORKING EARLY EVACUATION ORDER THIS WOULD SAVE MUCH STRESS, CONFUSION AND DANGER.

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