The lead agency for response to coastal erosion emergencies is the NSW SES
Beaches regularly undergo cycles of erosion or growth in response to tides, wind and waves. This can make coastlines hazardous areas for development. Buildings, roads and homes within the "active" beach system become vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, by sand drift, storm-water erosion and receding shorelines.
Know your risk
- Check if your property is in coastal erosion area on the hazards map
Have a Plan
- Put your plan together using the SES Emergency Plans template. Share it with family, friends and neighbours, and review it annually or after an event.
- Your plan should answer all of these questions and more, take the time to sit and write it down. Do you:
- Know what you would do to protect your property?
- Know where all your important documents are? Insurance, passports etc.
- Know where you will go if you need to evacuate?
- Know what you will take to keep you safe and warm?
- Know what will you will do with your animals?
- Have neighbours, friends or family who may require assistance? Others may have trouble moving during a flood event due to mobility constraints, location or other issues. Consider how you can help others be prepared for a flood event.
- Know who to call to get help?
When a storm warning is issued:
- Secure and put away loose items from around your property, including outdoor furniture and pot plants.
- Move vehicles under cover and away from trees.
- Create a safe place for your pets.
- Disconnect all electrical items.
- Contact neighbours and family members to ensure they're safe and prepared.
- Tune into ABC Radio 702AM and listen for storm warnings and advice. Monitor the Bureau of Meteorology weather alerts. These agencies monitor conditions and issue warnings about storm activity.
Further information about coastal erosion
Further information on coastal erosion is available on Council's coastal erosion webpage