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What evacuation orders mean for Lismore

Cathy Adams
By Cathy Adams
Updated March 28 2022 - 5:46am, first published 5:23am

A Flood Evacuation warning has been issued for Lismore, but what does it mean?

The SES say an Evacuation Warning means prepare to evacuate.

People in low lying areas of Lismore have been told to prepare to leave as rain continues. Picture: Cathy Adams

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When flooding is likely to cut evacuation routes or inundate property, the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) issues an Evacuation Warning to indicate that you should get prepared to evacuate. Being prepared will allow you to respond quickly if an Evacuation Order is issued.

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Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so. An Evacuation Order will be issued by NSW SES only when evacuation is required.

How to prepare for possible evacuation:

  • Stack possessions, records, stock or equipment on benches and tables, placing electrical items on top
  • Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage Relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level
  • Activate your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan
  • Locate important papers, valuables and mementos. Place them in your Emergency Kit Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services
  • Act early as roads may become congested or close.

Download the Evacuation Warning factsheet here.

When an Evacuation Order is issued and you leave your house:

  • Turn off the electricity and gas at the mains before you leave and turn off and secure any gas bottles
  • Take your pets with you
  • Never enter or travel through floodwater
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Follow your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan
  • Follow all instructions given to you by emergency services.

Download the Evacuation Order factsheet here.