NSW Health has a range of fact sheets available for the community. Many of these can assist you in preventing, preparing, responding to and recovering from natural disasters and incidents.

Preparing for an emergency - the smart thing to do
How to stock your pantry to ensure your household has an adequate supply of food, water and other items to cope with a prolonged emergency situation.

Staying healthy during and after flood
Floodwater may be contaminated with sewage and other hazards. It is important to understand how you can reduce your risk of injury, sickness or infection.

Cleaning rainwater tanks after floods or storms
Rainwater tanks (and bore water-holding tanks) impacted by storms and floods are likely to contain harmful microorganisms and will not be suitable for normal use.

Flooding and on-site wastewater systems
Avoid using flood-affected wastewater systems until assessed by a licensed plumber or service technician familiar with on-site wastewater systems.

Private water supplies after floods or storms
Private water supplies may be contaminated with floodwater and may not be suitable for drinking. Floodwater can contain sewage and harmful microorganisms.

Fire retardants and private water sources
Find out what to do if fire retardants have been used on your property and may have affected your private drinking water supply.

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Current as at: Tuesday 4 April 2023