Warnings will be issued when an emergency is likely to impact you.
They provide you with information about what is happening and our best advice on what action you should take.
Our aim is to provide you with as much information as we can - to help you to make good decisions to protect yourself and your family.
There are three different levels of warning:
Issued to notify the community that an incident is occurring or has occurred in the area that may impact on life and property. The community should access information and monitor conditions.
- All clear
Issued when there is no longer a threat to the community and the community has previously been asked to undertake activity to protect life or property that they should now cease. Advice – All Clear is used when a Warning (Watch & Act), Emergency Warning or Recommendation to Evacuate has been issued.
- Emergency warning
Issued when the community are in imminent danger and need to take action now. The community will be impacted.
The warning level is based on severity, conditions and the likelihood that the emergency will impact a community, so the first warning issued could be an Emergency Warning - the highest level.
Never rely on an official warning to leave. Emergencies can start quickly and threaten you and your home within minutes.
Additional warnings that may be issued are:
- Prepare to Evacuate
Issued when the community should quickly prepare to leave the area. This may include undertaking actions to prepare family, gather critical items and protect property.
- Evacuate Now
Issued when an evacuation is recommended or procedures are in place to evacuate communities.
- Safe to Return
Issued when it is safe for the community to return after an evacuation.
- Community Information
Issued when an event has potential to create significant community interest, however there is minimal or no likelihood of impact and no community action is required.