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, flash floods and damaging winds as well as total fire bans and bushfire threats. The app is free to download by searching Lake Macquarie City Council alerts on the Google Play Store or iTunes Store.
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.
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.
Flood monitoring systems
Dora Creek Floodwatch local flood monitoring system
- A local flood alarm system is in place for residents of Dora Creek. The system automatically notifies volunteer residents and the SES when specific water levels are reached.
- Water level monitoring from this system informs the SES Local Flood Advices.
- For information visit the Dora Creek Floodwatch website.
Lake Macquarie FloodWatch
- A number of rainfall and water level gauges are located across the Lake Macquarie catchment. These provide information on actual rainfall and water levels in the area and will provide an indication if flooding is likely.
- The FloodWatch website provides easy access to data, warnings and information to be prepared during a flooding emergency.
- This service is provided through Council and the Manly Hydraulics Labiratory, supported by the NSW State Government's Floodplain Management Program.
Page last updated: 31 January 2018