Update 12 November

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has announced that a catastrophic fire danger is now forecast for the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter areas on Tuesday 12 November due to the worsening weather conditions. Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger. Homes are not designed to withstand a fire under these conditions and lives will be at risk.

See Council bushfire updates here

Planning for an emergency

Planning for hazards such as storms, floods and bushfires is essential. The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Local Emergency Management Committee is responsible for:

  • preventing and preparing for emergencies
  • coordinating emergency responses
  • helping with recovery efforts.

The Committee is made up of representatives from councils, NSW Police, the Ku-ring-gai State Emergency Service (SES), the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and other local organisations.

Emergency Alert

Emergency Alert is a national telephone warning system that aims to save lives by letting people know about threats such as bushfire as early as possible. When danger is imminent, authorised groups such as NSW Police or the NSW SES can send a warning message to residents in high risk areas.

Emergency Alerts are sent in the form of:

  • recorded voice messages to landline numbers based on handset location
  • text messages to mobile phones based on billing address

If you receive an Emergency Alert, follow the instructions in the message.

Weather warnings

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website to check for extreme weather warnings.

What happens in an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, call 000. NSW Police, Fire and Rescue NSW, the SES and the RFS are often the first on the scene in an emergency. Welfare, transport and health organisations also provide essential services.

Emergency contacts

Police, Fire, Ambulance

Phone: 000

Web: Triple Zero 

NSW Rural Fire Service

Phone: 1800 679 737

Web: NSW Rural Fire Service

Fire and Rescue NSW

Phone: 9265 2999 

Web: Fire and Rescue NSW 

NSW State Emergency Service

Phone: 132 500

Web: NSW State Emergency Service 

Ku-ring-gai State Emergency Service

Phone: 132 500

Web: Ku-ring-gai State Emergency Service

Ministry for Police and Emergency Services

Phone: 8247 5900

Web: Emergency NSW