What happens in an emergency in the CBD?
The Newcastle Local Disaster Plan (EMPLAN) (pdf) details arrangements for the response to emergencies. The Plan sets out the roles and responsibilities of agencies such as the NSW Police, SES and Fire Brigade in controlling and managing emergency situations.
The Newcastle CBD Emergency Arrangements Annex (pdf) is an addition to the EMPLAN. It was developed to manage emergency situations which may require a partial or major evacuation of the city centre.
Every emergency is different, so it is not possible to provide detailed instructions about what to do. The basic rule of thumb is to stay where you are (at home, work or other location) unless you are given directions to evacuate. These directions may be given by the appropriate authorities such as Fire Brigade or Police or by building Fire Wardens or via the local radio station.
Download the Emergencies Happen brochure (pdf) for more practical advice and tips on preparing for emergencies.
What if you need to evacuate?
If you live in an apartment building or find shelter in a commercial building you will need to follow existing evacuation plans. You will be told which Safety Site to evacuate to. If you live in a free standing home you should tune in to your local radio to get advice about what to do in the emergency situation.
Because every emergency is different, it is not possible to provide details about the location of the Safety Site you may be required to go to. Listen for the advice of the authorities or tune in to your local radio station for details.
Once you are at the Safety Site you will be provided with information regarding travel home, returning to your place of work and other buildings.
Please bear in mind that local transport services may be disrupted during an emergency. There may also be road closures and blockages. Wait until you are given appropriate instructions before trying to leave a Safety Site. Do not organise relatives or friends to pick you up unless appropriate clearance has been given.
Special arrangements will be made for vulnerable and special needs groups as required.