When a disaster strikes, the best state you can be in is prepared. By arming yourself with knowledge of what to do in various types of potential emergencies, you will be able to react smartly and quickly to minimise risk to lives and property - a little planning can go a long way.

Emergency Procedures

Warnings are urgent

Whatever the emergency, you need to heed the warnings and act immediately on the information provided - remember:

Tune In
  • Local radio stations (ABC 612 or River 94.9 FM) on a battery or solar-powered radio - listen for weather updates and warnings
  • Local television channels - watch and listen for warning updates
Log On
Listen Out
  • Standard emergency warning signal: used at the beginning of serious emergency warnings
  • Local community safety announcements (radio/TV): advice, updates and to identify the preferred evacuation routes for your area
  • Sirens and loudhailer announcements: used by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) in certain circumstances
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES): personnel may door-knock your local area to pass on warnings
  • More information on weather warnings and forecasts: phone the BOM weather service on 1900 955 360 (call costs apply)

Emergency Checklists

Print out and complete these checklists to help you and your household be prepared in the event of an emergency. You can keep them in a file with your emergency kit. A few hours spent working through simple planning tasks with your household, putting aside supplies and securing your home could make a huge difference to the impacts that a disaster or emergency event have on your home and family.


Prepare for Evacuation and Shelter

Evacuation is the movement of affected persons from a potentially or currently unsafe location and their eventual return home. It can either be self-initiated by individuals, voluntary and encouraged by authorities, or directed through a mandatory order issued by authorities.

Download our Prepare for Evacuation and Shelter Guide - preparing now will save you time and stress in the event of a disaster or emergency and answer the following questions:

  • Household evacuation plan, including caring for animals - do I stay or leave?
  • Shelter - where can I go?
  • Returning home - when should I? What if I cannot?

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