Nationally consistent emergency warning system now in place

Australia now has a nationally consistent approach to emergency warnings for bushfire, flood, storm, cyclone, extreme heat, and severe weather hazards.

The Australian Warning System was a recommendation of last year’s Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and was introduced in December.

Developed with input from emergency services and hazard agencies nationwide, the new system uses a nationally consistent set of icons to show incidents on websites and apps, supported by calls to action.

The three warning levels are:

  • Advice (Yellow) – an incident has started. There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes;
  • Watch and Act (Orange) – there is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect yourself and your family; and
  • Emergency Warning (Red) – you may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.

Click here for further information on the Australian Warning System.