Spring is here and so is flood season.

Here in Port Phillip we are one of the highest risk areas for floods in Victoria. That's why we have put together this video with SES Victoria to help you stay safe and be prepared.

Storms and floods can affect anyone at any time. Dangerous flash flooding is a particular risk in the City of Port Phillip with some areas including Elwood, St Kilda, Balaclava and South Melbourne, at a higher risk. Most people have less than an hour’s warning before a flash flood, so it pays to prepare ahead of time.

To keep yourself, your family, your pets and property safe, follow these five life-saving emergency steps:

  1. Be aware of your risk and check your local area’s SES flood guide.
  2. Be prepared by making a plan, checking your insurance cover, storing items off the ground and cleaning drains and gutters.
  3. Be neighbourly, check in on vulnerable neighbours during extreme weather.
  4. Be smart, don’t drive during storms – it only takes 15 cm to float.
  5. Be informed, sign up to the Vic Emergency app

During an emergency, you can contact:

  • VIC SES for support on 132 500.
  • For any life-threatening emergencies Triple Zero (000).
  • Vic Emergency hotline 1800 226 226.

Our role in a weather emergency

Council is responsible for managing resources and coordinating relief and recovery for affected community members.

For more information, please visit our severe weather preparation webpage.