Early warning networks
In Australia we have a number of different warning systems in place. Some are automatic, others require you to register.
Australian Early Warning Network
Register for emergency alerts for your area with Lake Mac’s Early Warning Network Android and iPhone app. Receive warnings for events such as severe storms, hail, damaging and destructive winds, heavy rain and flooding. You will also receive alerts for tsunamis, fire weather warnings and bush fire emergency warnings.
The app is free to download by searching Lake Macquarie City Council alerts on the Google Play Store or iTunes Store. Receive alerts based on your physical location via push notification when connected to wifi or mobile data (enable this option in app notification settings). Further instructions are available in the factsheet.
Early Warning Network SMS alerts are still available to those without a smart phone.
This is a privately run system, which Council subsidises for its residents, businesses, schools, community groups, emergency service workers and employees.
Lake Macquarie FloodWatch
- The new Lake Macquarie FloodWatch website was developed by NSW Public Works’ Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) as part of the Lake Macquarie City-wide Flood Warning System Project. The website provides Council and residents with information (near real-time) on rainfall and water levels from a number of monitoring sites around Lake Macquarie and associated catchments.
- An alarm system provides automatic notification to Emergency Services when predetermined water level thresholds are exceeded. For more information on the Dora Creek Flood Warning System, see the Dora Creek Community Safety Plan.
- The website provides easy access to data, warnings and information to assist residents in preparing for a flooding emergency. Predicted flood levels are provided directly to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to assist with their flood predictions and official Flood Warning products. You can receive free alerts for BoM issued Flood Watches and Flood Warnings for your area via the Council sponsored Early Warning Network.
- This project is supported by the NSW Government and the Federal Government through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
Rural Fire Service (RFS)
- Fire danger ratings are issued by the Rural Fire Service to indicate the current or forecast conditions.
- To view the latest fire danger ratings for your area, visit the RFS Total Fire Ban and Current Fire Danger Map.
- For more information, go to the website, call 1800 679 737 or follow the RFS Twitter feed.
Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)
- The Standard Emergency Warning Signal is broadcast in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. It is only to be used in emerging situations of danger to warn people to take immediate action to protect their life and property.
- The signal may be broadcast on television and radio or via public address systems and emergency vehicles.
- Listen to the emergency warning signal. When you hear it, be prepared to listen carefully for the emergency message that will follow.
Federal Emergency Alerts
In the event of an emergency you may receive an emergency alert on your mobile or landline from the Federal Government's Emergency Alert system.
Australian Tsunami Warnings
The Australian Tsunami Warning System provides tsunami warnings in Australia.
Page last updated: 22 May 2019