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Tune into Warnings

Print out the Tune into Warnings checklist and wallet emergency card
Everyone needs to understand the risks and the appropriate actions to take in an emergency. Before an emergency happens, ensure that all household members know:

Emergency Services use a range of methods to warn the community about severe weather and other emergencies that require preparation and action at the household level. When warnings are issued you may be directed to:

Warnings are urgent - you will need to act immediately on the information provided.

Importantly, you and your household will need to have already developed your Emergency Plan, Emergency Kit, Evacuation arrangements and prepare your home prior to receiving a warning. Such preparation enables everyone to act quickly on the advice provided in warnings.

Whatever the emergency, you need to Tune In - Log On - Listen Out - and Act!

  1. Tune In

  1. Log On

  1. Listen Out

  1. and Act


Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

When warnings are issued for major emergencies, relevant authorities may use the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) prior to providing information on the emergency.

SEWS is a wailing siren sound used throughout Australia for serious emergency events such as severe cyclone, bushfire, flood and severe storm. When you hear the signal on radio, television or over the phone via Emergency Alerts, pay careful attention to the message that follows and act immediately on the advice given.


Emergency Alert. Be Warned. Be informed.

Emergency Alert is a telephone warning system that authorities can use to provide warnings to communities. Emergency Alert can be used to send voice alerts via landline telephones based on the location of the handset, and text alerts to mobile telephones based on the billing address.
It is for use in a range of emergency situations, including extreme weather events and bushfires. You are not charged and will not have to pay for the alert. Importantly you cannot opt out of receiving emergency alerts.

If you receive an Emergency Alert, you need to listen carefully to the advice provided and act immediately. Voice messages will be repeated if you hold the line. You may be directed to finalise preparations, secure items around your home, shelter in place or commence evacuation to your predetermined safer location.

Print a copy of the Tune into Warnings checklist and wallet emergency card to complete and use as a reference for when warnings are issued.

Make extra copies of the completed checklist and wallet card:

To learn more about preparing for emergencies and to help your community, consider joining a community emergency service organisation such as the State Emergency Service (SES)

Print out the Tune into Warnings checklist and wallet emergency card

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Last updated 9 August 2011