How to plan and prepare for emergencies

Experience shows that if you make a plan and prepare for emergencies, you reduce the impact of the emergency and recover more quickly.

Plan ahead

Taking the time to learn about the kinds of emergencies likely to occur in your area, and making a plan to respond, will help you when the time comes to act.

Having a plan means you can think clearly, have a greater sense of control and make better decisions.  

Preparing can reduce your risk.


Information on how to prepare is available from the Country Fire Authority (External link) (CFA) 

Fire risk is most extreme if you live around or near forest or woodland. If you know your risk, it will also help you to start preparing your property (External link) for fire and know what to do.


Information on how to prepare is available from the Victoria State Emergency Service (External link) (VICSES)

Floods cause more damage per year in terms of dollars and lives lost than any other natural hazard in Australia. Flooding can happen at any time of the year.

All hazards 

Go to Vic Emergency (External link) for information on to prepare for other hazards such as: 

  • Storm
  • Thunderstorm Asthma
  • Extreme heat
  • Outages and disruptions
  • Water safety
  • Earthquake
  • Tsunami

Call Triple Zero (000) in life-threatening emergencies (for police, fire or ambulance services)

Information and warnings

For the latest information and warnings for current emergencies in Victoria, go to the VicEmergency website (External link), download the app or call the hotline (1800 226 226).

Download the VicEmergency app for Android (External link) or for Apple (External link)

Weather warnings are provided by the Bureau of Meteorology (External link)

Social media 

Follow VicEmergency on Facebook (External link) and Twitter (External link) for real-time warning notifications.