Timely and accurate advice and warnings are an important strategy in meeting the goals of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005. The SASES has three levels of warning messages starting at Advice moving up to a Watch and Act and the highest level Emergency Warning.

Advice message

We will issue an Advice Message for floods or storms that may pose a threat to property or public safety or events where:

  • an incident has been reported and we are attending but no further information is available (Incident notification).
  • an incident is producing an undesirable effect in an area that may cause concern to the public.
  • the SASES State Coordinator wishes to advise the public of a specific event.

Watch and Act message

We will regularly issue Watch and Act messages for incidents that pose a localised threat to property or public safety where:

  • an incident is threatening or is a potential threat to public safety in the immediate area of the incident.
  • an incident is producing an undesirable effect in an area that may cause concern to the public on a day of elevated danger.
  • the SASES State Coordinator wishes to advise the public of a specific event.

Emergency Warning message

Emergency Warning messages are the highest level of warning regarding an incident. They will be issued for a wide area community impact when:

  • the risk of loss of life or threat to properties is almost certain or has occurred; or
  • where special circumstances exist and a message is approved by the State Coordinator for example when life or property has been lost.

Advice - Reduced Threat

We will issue a Reduced Threat message when the threat to the community has reduced.
All incidents that have had an Advice, Watch and Act or Emergency Warning message issued will be finalised with an Advice – Reduced Threat message.

Community readiness alerts

We will issue this alert when there's a forecast for dangerous heavy rain, wind, thunderstorms or heatwave. It is intended to give you enough notice for you to take action to make sure you and your family stay safe. This could include:

  • making sure you have enough food, water, medication and pet food so you don't need to go our during a storm or heatwave
  • collecting sandbags before heavy rain begins to fall
  • preparing your home by keeping your backyard tidy before a thunderstorm or strong wind hit
  • cooling your home before a a heatwave by closing your blinds and curtains during the day
  • checking in with family, friends ad neighbours to make sure they're prepared for the forecast weather.

Emergency Alert messages

Emergency Alert is an additional tool providing information by text and voice messaging to landlines and mobile phones. Learn more about emergency alert.

Police and Emergency Services will provide as much information as possible during an emergency incident. It is your responsibility to ensure you are adequately prepared and know what to do.