Floodwater on road

Flooding events can be dangerous for everyone but getting away quickly can be especially difficult for people with disability. You need to have a plan in place of where you will go, who you will contact and where you can get help. It also makes sense to have a go-bag ready so you can leave quickly in the event of an emergency. 

ABC Emergency has created a guide on Planning for an emergency: Flood including what to do before a flood, during a flood and after a flood as well as links to flood emergency services. It is important not to enter floodwater, even if it looks calm. Of the 159 flood-related deaths between 2005 and 2015, a Griffith University and Royal Life Saving combined study found more than half were people attempting to drive through floodwaters.

Rising Panic - if it's flooded, forget it.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have released an awareness campaign this month on the dangers of attempting to drive through floodwaters.

Content warning

The following video may be distressing for some viewers.  

Video description

Text appears on a black screen, it reads "based on a true story."

A man sitting in a vehicle's driver seat is talking. As he talks, floodwater quickly rises inside the cabin and is about to cover his face before the screen goes to black.

Text appears on the screen. It reads "A car can fill with water in no time. Don't get out of your depth."

A logo appears on screen with a u-turn symbol/arrow and text "If it's flooded, forget it." 

What to do

  • Do not enter floodwater. Don’t drive into it; don’t walk into it, don’t swim in it and don’t let children play in it. Flood water may appear calm and low, but it is unpredictable, may rise quickly and swift currents running underneath the surface may not be apparent. There may also debris hiding behind the surface, which can pose a real hazard.

  • If caught in floodwater, call for help immediately.

  • Stay well away from fallen powerlines. If powerlines are down, water may be electrified and unsafe to enter.

  • If evacuated, do not go home until authorities say it is safe to do so.

  • Find out where your nearest relief centre is and what the safest route is for you to get there. Pack a go-bag of essentials (if you have time) and be ready to leave quickly.

  • Let family and friends know where you are and where you are going.

  • Listen to your local radio or another local news source for up to date information.

Call for help

If you need assistance during a flood event, call your local State Emergency Service (SES)  on 132 500 or call Triple Zero on 000 if life is in danger.


Useful resources

Packing for an Emergency
Disaster Relief Grants
Moving Forward After a Crisis
Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness

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