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Guidance on flood and storm preparedness and response

20 December 2021

The Bureau of Meteorology recently declared a La Niña, the climate driver typically associated with wet conditions for eastern, northern and central parts of Australia over summer.

With some parts of Australia already starting to experience flood, this season's severe weather outlook suggests the risk of flooding is above average with a slightly above average risk of tropical cyclones.

This serves as a timely reminder for employers and workers to be prepared especially if the workplace is in a flood prone or cyclone affected region.

Floods and storms, including tropical cyclones, are unpredictable seasonal hazards, presenting a broad range of health and safety risks that need to be considered and controlled.

Comcare has published guidance on flood and storm preparedness which includes information on work health and safety duties for employers and workers, working in floods and flood recovery, planning for clean-up and recovery work, mental health and wellbeing and notification of incidents.

For more information, visit the flood and storm hazards page.

Page last reviewed: 20 December 2021

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