Visit our storms and floods page for information on the assistance available for NSW residents and businesses

NSW Health advice

NSW Health has advice and information on maintaining health during and after floods and storms.

COVID-19 public health orders

COVID-19 public health orders still apply during emergencies and are in place to keep people affected by flooding safe, as well as to protect emergency responders.

For updates to the rules in NSW or to find COVID-19 testing locations, visit COVID-19 or call the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 (24-hour help line).

Drinking water

Listen to your local radio station or check social media for updates from your water supplier about the safety of your drinking water. If a 'boil water alert' is issued in your area, observe it strictly to prevent illness.

Read NSW Health advice on water used for drinking or food preparation.

Mosquitoes

During periods of flooding, mosquito numbers can rapidly increase. It's important you take protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and the consequent risk of disease.

For advice on mosquito control, visit NSW Health.

Mould

Flood-inundated homes and buildings provide conditions for mould to grow. If water has got into your home, completely clean and dry water-damaged carpets and building materials. Discard material that cannot be cleaned and dried completely.

For information on preventing mould growth, visit NSW Health.