3. Stay Alert
If you receive an evacuation warning you need to consider your options including whether you are able to stay with family and friends in a safe location, or if you require other alternative accommodation.
Evacuation Centres may be established to provide immediate assistance to those evacuated from their homes or who are in need of shelter. If you decide to go to an evacuation centre you will need to be prepared and take personal requisites such as clothing, medication and bedding with you. You should also consider the needs of other family members that may be going with you and you should remember to take your pets. Evacuation Centres are managed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS).
Your local radion station is a great source of emergency information. Tune in during an emergency event to listen for warnings and information relating to the emergency situation.
The Local Emergency Radio Stations
In an emergency, tune in to a local AM or FM band radio station that broadcasts emergency information for advice and details about the current emergency situation.
1233 ABC Newcastle broadcasts emergency messages, warnings and recovery information. 1233 ABC will provide information 24 hours a day, if needed. The ABC website also provides the latest weather warnings, as well as links to various emergency services, first aid tips and community safety links.
To find 1233 ABC Newcastle, tune to the AM band and find 1233 on the dial.
Local commercial radio stations that broadcast emergency information include:
- AM 1143 2HD (Newcastle), FM 97.5 2HD (Port Stephens),
- FM 102.9 KOFM,
- FM 105.3 NEWFM,
- FM 106.9 NXFM.
Other media outlets in the area include;
- Television Networks: ABC, NBN, Prime, Southern Cross and SBS,
- Newspapers: Newcastle Herald, Maitland Mercury, The Advertiser (Cessnock), Port Stephens Examiner, Dungog Chronicle,
- Radio Stations: FM 103.7 (2NUR).
Other communication networks may include:
- Marine Radio Networks: Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW,
- Citizens Band Radio Network (CREST),
- CB / UHF Radio / Network.M
Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)
The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a distinctive tone played on radio or television in the event of an emergency.
The SEWS tone will be played immediately before an urgent public safety message.
When you hear the tone, you should pay immediate attention. Listen to the announcement and follow any instructions given.
As part of a coordinated national emergency plan, an audio signal has been adopted to alert the community to an urgent safety message relating to an identified emergency such as a bush fire.
Further information on SEWS is available at https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/for-the-community/alerts/sews.html