What is considered an Urban Flooding Emergency?

Urban Flooding is the inundation of land not normally wet by storm water and / or sea water causing direct damage to residential, commercial, educational, recreational, cultural and industrial buildings and property. This can also include damage to infrastructure, stock, equipment and facilities.

It is also the inundation of land not normally wet by storm water and / or sea water causing indirect losses due to disruption of economic activity, stress and anxiety, injury and death, polluted water supplies, and damage to wildlife habitats both in areas which are inundated and in areas which are isolated.

What can I do?



The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, developed by the Council of Australian Governments, provides high-level guidance on disaster management to agencies with a role in emergency management. Foremost in the Strategy is the principle of all of society taking responsibility for preventing disasters.

In the context of flooding:

People should be aware of their own flooding risks and should follow advice from emergency services when responding to warnings.

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To increase community resilience, individuals should actively plan and prepare for protecting their own life and property. Resilience is also increased by knowing and being involved in local community disaster or emergency management arrangements, and volunteer roles.

Government agencies, Local Governments and Communities
Should always be open to discuss flood risk within the community and have a significant role in strengthening our community’s resilience to disasters.

Resilience is developed through land management and planning arrangements, supporting individuals and communities to prepare for extreme events, and having effective education systems available demonstrating how to assess risks and reduce exposure and vulnerability to hazards.

Additional prevention tasks carried out by state and local government include:

  • Risk assessments to gain an appreciation of flood risk
  • Engaging and working with the community regarding the management of flood risk
  • Developing and implementing stormwater management plans
  • Maintenance of stormwater infrastructure
  • Provision of emergency information and flood warnings
  • Emergency response planning for coordinated response during floods
  • Helping communities to recover and learn following a flood and building their resilience to future events.

Private Industry and Businesses are able to plan for the risk of disruption, and can ensure arrangements are in place to maintain critical services.

Businesses can and do play a fundamental role in supporting a community’s resilience to disasters. They provide resources, expertise and essential services on which the community may depend. Businesses, including critical infrastructure providers, can also make a contribution by understanding the risks that they face and ensuring that they are able to continue providing services during or soon after a disaster.

State Government will work with industry to support community access to essentials, such as food, fuel and cash, in the event of a widespread blackout. Businesses can access tools and resources and contact SA Business Hotline (1300 142 820) to help with their emergency and continuity planning.

The links below are designed to help businesses plan for emergency situations:

Business Continuity Plans – A quick guide to impact analysis and plan development
Plan and Prepare – State Government advice on how to protect your business

For additional information about Flood Prevention please visit the following websites:

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)
SES – Flood Safe Tips: Things you can do before a flood
The Government of South Australia - Flooding
SAPOL – How to prepare for a Disaster
The City of Port Adelaide Enfield