State Emergency Operations Centre opens following widespread flooding event
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 08:17:37 AM
The State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) at Homebush has been activated following severe wet weather and flooding throughout New South Wales.
The SEOC is a central hub, based at Rural Fire Service Headquarters, where experts can monitor the situation in real time and coordinate a whole of government response to flood relief efforts.
The SEOC will be in operation to support the State Emergency Services (SES) as they lead the emergency response to this significant weather event. The team will access live information, intelligence sharing, digital mapping, as well as public information and media broadcasting resources to quickly get critical information to the public.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, reinforced the importance of flood-threatened communities working with emergency services and observing any directions they are given.
“We don’t want to see people going into flood-affected areas and then finding themselves in difficulty. It not only puts their own lives at risk but the lives of the emergency service workers and rescuers also,” Minister Elliott said.
“It’s about making smart decisions and following the advice of experts.
“That way, our responders can concentrate their efforts on helping people in most need during this extraordinary and significant weather event.”
State Emergency Operations Controller, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys APM, has appealed to flood-affected communities to observe flood warnings and evacuation orders as police work closely with the SES and other emergency service agencies.
“This severe weather event is impacting communities across the state. The State Emergency Operations Centre will bring agency operations together under the one roof to manage the situation in real time,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“We will be relying on the timely advice of various experts at the Bureau of Meteorology and other agencies to make critical decisions to protect life and property, particularly to support our preparedness and planning as the weather event spreads across the west and south coast NSW.”
More information can be found:
- The Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC) has been activated and can be contacted 1800 227 228 for the most up to date information.
- Members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500 or visit their website www.ses.nsw.gov.au.
- For all other emergencies, the public are advised to contact Triple Zero (000).
- People are urged to register for Register.Find.Reunite - an online service designed to connect friends and family following a disaster. The public can register at www.redcross.org.au
- For the latest on road closures members of the community can visit the website www.livetraffic.com or contact their local councils.