NSW benefits from critical infrastructure that provides secure and reliable essential services, such as food, water, energy, transport, telecommunications and health care. The critical infrastructure of NSW is exposed to an increasing number of threats, hazards, shocks and stresses. Disruptions to critical infrastructure can result in loss of life, negative economic impact and harm to communities, including psychological distress. More frequent natural disasters of greater magnitude, and a heightened risk profile in relation to criminal threats including cyber-attack, mean NSW’s infrastructure and organisations must be more resilient than ever.
Know your risk
Understanding what utilities and infrastructure you and your family rely on will help identify your exposure to infrastructure failures. Electricity, water, communication or transport disruptions can occur anywhere at any time and are often associated with a natural hazard event.