During an emergency or disaster it's important to know who you can call for help, or how you can get the latest update on emergency situations.
- For live updates on road closures visit Live Traffic NSW, or Council's Road Closure page for local closure information
- For live radio updates across Newcastle and the Hunter tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle
- If you require emergency assistance please call NSW SES on 132 500 or Triple Zero 000
- Weather updates and flood warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology
- Total fire bans visit the Rural Fire Service (note that Cessnock is included in the NSW Fire Area 3)
Arrangements for, prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies with the Cessnock Local Government Area are covered by the Cessnock Local Emergency Management Plan
Get Ready Cessnock
When disaster hits, NSW Government and emergency management agencies will try to help but you need to get ready as well. Every year flood, fire and other disasters affect peoples' lives and may cause millions of dollars in property damage. Being prepared can save lives and help you and your family make better decisions when disaster strikes.
Are you ready?
Visit the Office of Emergency Management 'Get Ready NSW' website for more information.
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 http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/know-your-risk/bush-fire-risk-management-plans
Home Fire Safety
The following links provides some simple steps you can follow to reduce a risk for a fire in your home.
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 http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/hazard-reductions
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.
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 http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me
Information is also provided on what to do in a total fire ban and what regulations apply to lighting fires http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/BFDP
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 http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing