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About warnings

Understanding Warnings

Do not rely on an official warning to leave. Emergency incidents can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes.

When warnings are issued you need to understand what each one means.

The warning level is based on incident conditions and impact on the community, therefore the first warning issued could be an Emergency Warning - the highest level of warning.

There are three different levels of warnings:

  •    Advice

    • General information to keep you up-to-date with developments.
  • Watch and Act

    • An emergency threatens you.
    • Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect your health, life and your family.
  •  Emergency Warning

    • You are in imminent danger and need to take action immediately.
    • You will be impacted by the emergency.

How we warn the community

Where to find warnings 

Keep an eye on conditions outside. You might be aware of a fire before the emergency services.

If you see flames or a column of smoke, always call 000 immediately.

Alerts and Sirens

Emergency Alert

Emergency Alert is a telephone warning system used by all emergency services to warn of Bushfire, Flood, and Storms.

The system uses the registered address and actual location of your telephone, so it can reach you:
  • when your home or school is near the emergency and
  • when you are travelling with your mobile within the warning area.
Home telephones receive a recorded message that begins with “Emergency, Emergency” Mobile phones receive a text.

Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

A distinctive siren sound may be played over the radio or TV before an alert message is broadcast. 

SEWS Community Service Announcement (Includes introduction):

Download MP3 - 1mb | Download WAV- 705k

SEWS Standard Emergency Warning Signal (Siren sound only):

Download MP3 - 764k

To download an audio file, right click the link and select 'Save Target As' or 'Save Link as'.


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