27 September 2023

Operations Centre manages flood response

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The State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) has been reactivated at Homebush, Sydney in response to the flooding emergency throughout eastern New South Wales.

Premier, Dominic Perrottet said the SEOC was a central hub that brought officers from all the NSW Government response Agencies under the one roof to ensure a coordinated, emergency response to the extreme wet weather impacting many parts of the State.

Mr Perrottet said experts from critical Agencies such as the State Emergency Service (SES), Police, Fire and Rescue, Resilience NSW, Health, Planning, Rural Fire Service, and Service NSW had set up at SEOC on Monday (28 February) and would work alongside each other in the purpose-built operations centre.

“State-of-the-art technology enables them to monitor the situation in real time and
coordinate a whole-of-Government response with on-the-ground responders to
organise effective flood relief efforts,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The SEOC will be in operation to support the State Emergency Service (SES) as they
lead the emergency response to this significant weather event,” he said.

“It will also work with Resilience NSW to lead emergency clean up and assist with commencement of recovery activities, which are already underway alongside the emergency response.”

Mr Perrottet said reactivating the SEOC ensured all Government Agencies came together and shared information to facilitate a cohesive, coordinated and effective response.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience, Steph Cooke encouraged people in
flood-affected communities to work with their local emergency services and listen to
the advice they were given.

“Our communities are still in the thick of this emergency with the danger far from over, so I want to respectfully remind everyone to heed the SES advice,” Ms Cooke said.

“Many thousands of people are facing the threat of flooding and saving lives is our key priority of the next few days,” she said.

Ms Cooke said recovery planning was already underway to ensure people and towns could return to normal as quickly as possible when the water began to recede.

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