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Cessnock Local Disaster Plan (Displan)

The Local Disaster Plan details arrangements that prevent or mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies within the Local Government Area. The arrangements in the plan apply to emergency operations conducted by the local emergency operations controller or the relevant combat agency.

The objectives of the Local Disaster Plan are to detail responsibilities for prevention and mitigation strategies, detail roles and responsibilities in preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies, set out the control, coordination and liaison arrangements at the local level, detail activation and alerting arrangements, detail arrangements for the acquisition and coordination of resources, detail public information arrangements and public education responsibilities and detail arrangements for the review, testing, evaluation and maintenance of the plan.

Local Disaster Plan

Bush Fire Event - Disaster Assistance information

Cessnock City Local Flood Plan - A Sub-Plan of the Cessnock City Local Disaster Plan

Enquiries regarding the Cessnock City Local Flood Plan should be directed to

  • SES Hunter Region Head Quarter - ph. 4931 322
  • SES Local Controller - ph 4993 4422

Preparing for the Summer Disaster Season

Disasters have a significant impact on the people of NSW, changing the lives of many families and causing millions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage. Unfortunately, summer is a time when disaster often hits.

While the NSW Government and emergency service agencies provide a fantastic service, your community needs to get ready as well. Being prepared can save lives and help individuals and families make better decisions when disaster strikes.

As we start this summer season, I encourage you to make your community aware of what they can do to prepare for disaster.

The NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres will hold a media conference on disaster preparedness and the summer season on 1 December.

Starting in December, the NSW Government website will feature disaster preparedness ( ). This site will include key disaster preparedness messages, a short video message from the Minister and information on hazard-specific disasters and emergency service agencies.

Ready123 in an Emergency 

Get yourself emergency Ready! Does your family have an emergency plan and emergency kit? The four (4) Councils of the Lower Hunter Emergency Management Co-ordinating Committee (LHEMCC), are excited to launch today a dedicated emergency ready website -

How prepared are you in the event of an emergency?  Local Councils Maitland, Port Stephens, Dungog and Cessnock, who form the LHEMCC now have a dedicated emergency ready website for all residents in the surrounding areas!

The NSW Government in partnership with the Commonwealth Government established the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS). The NDRGS made grants available, through the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services, to local governments and agencies to undertake a wide range of natural disaster risk assessments and risk reduction works, which contributes to building communities that are more resilient to the effects of natural disasters.

Funding was received by the four (4) Councils of the LHEMCC for a project titled 'Emergency Preparedness Information Website. This project involved developing a dedicated website that provides information to residents and workers on how they can prepare for an emergency and what they should do in the event of an emergency. provides increased awareness amongst the community and assists businesses and residents to be better prepared in the event on an emergency. It also provides important information and helps to reduce the reliance on emergency services through more self-reliant communities.

You can either access the site via or through the home page of one of the participating councils.

Remember - Get yourself emergency ready!

Bush Fire Risk Management Plans

Everyone has a role to play in planning for bush fires – fire authorities, landowners, land managers, planning authorities, local councils and the community.

Local Bush Fire Management Committees across NSW help identify assets at risk of bush fire in an area, which will include communities, buildings, infrastructure as well as culturally and environmentally significant locations. They then develop strategies to protect those assets.

Each Bush Fire Management Committee develops a Bush Fire Risk Management Plan. It sets out the types of work scheduled to deal with the risk of bush fires in an area. These works may range from a community engagement event to hazard reduction activities.  To access the Lower Hunter Bushfire Risk Management Plan, please refer to the NSW Rural Fire Service website

Home Fire Safety

The following links provides some simple steps you can follow to reduce a risk for a fire in your home.

Hazard Reductions

Hazard reduction is any activity that reduces or removes fuel before the onset of a bushfire, so as to minimise damage to life, property and the environment if a bushfire does occur. The Rural Fire Service provides comprehensive information on how to reduce a fire hazard; the difference between hazard reduction and backburning; who is responsible for hazard reduction and the role of the Rural Fire Service in

There is also information packs on how to get approval to light a fire, guidelines for low intensity hazard reduction and application forms.

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs)


NSPs are a place of last resort during a bush fire emergency.

They are to be used when all other options in your Bush Fire Survival Plan can't be put into action safely.

You should be aware of any NSP’s in your area, and note them in your Bush Fire Survival Plan before a bush fire occurs. You should also know how to get there, as well as alternate routes in case the road is blocked or too dangerous to drive on.

Not all areas will have a NSP. If there is no NSP in your area, you should identify other safer locations you can go to as a last resort. This might include a nearby home which is well prepared, a shopping centre or oval which is well away from the bush.

A NSP is designed as a Place of Last Resort in bush fire emergencies only. Please note that travelling to or sheltering at a NSP does not guarantee your safety.


  • Your safest option will always be to leave early.
  • People with special needs, such as the elderly and people with a disability, should always leave before the threat of bush fire.
  • If it is unsafe to leave the area or stay and defend your property, and the path is clear, you should move to your pre-identified Neighbourhood Safer Place, or other safer location, prior to the impact of a bush fire.
  • Be aware that when you are travelling to your NSP there may be heavy smoke and poor visibility.
  • It is important that you are familiar with the area. Gather at the NSP location and remain there until the bush fire threat has passed.
  • The conditions at the NSP may be uncomfortable and you may be affected by heat, smoke and embers.
  • Water, toilets and food may not be available at the NSP and emergency service personnel may not be present.
  • Neighbourhood Safer Places are not intended for pets and livestock.

NSP’s in the Cessnock LGA are listed with NSW Rural Fire Service

Current Fire Danger in New South Wales

Current status of Fire Danger in the Cessnock LGA. The NSW Rural Fire Service provides current information regarding Fire Bans and the Fire Danger rating in New South Wales

Information is also provided on what to do in a total fire ban and what regulations apply to lighting fires

10/50 Vegetation Clearing

New laws are now in place which help people prepare their homes for bush fires in NSW.  For more details refer to the RFS website

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) for Floods & Storms

Refer to the following links