Prepare your community

Knowing how to prepare for a storm, flood, cyclone or bush fire can help you and your family to respond appropriately and recover sooner. Preparing your household for natural disasters and emergencies is simple. Safety tips are provided on the range of hazards Queenslanders face.

Get familiar with the types of hazards your community is likely to encounter. Talk to your neighbours and community about past events and plan together for a more resilient neighbourhood and community.

Good preparation for emergencies includes knowing the potential risks and impact for your area. Take positive action by preparing your families, friends and neighbours. In Queensland, each local council has disaster management arrangements for its community, which includes local emergency plans, evacuation zones and nominated evacuation routes for homes and businesses.

Does your community have an emergency plan? In the event of an emergency, do you have a safe place for your community to meet? This is particularly important if you aren't allowed back into your home or neighbourhoods.

Do you know the evacuation location and plans for your child's school? Just knowing the answers to these simple questions could make the difference between a community that handles and emergency smoothly and calmly and one that does not.

Once you have prepared yourself and your household, there are opportunities to volunteer or get additional training to help prepare your community through your local SES, Volunteers Queensland, or Red Cross Australia.

What is a community?
A community is a group of people who are brought together by common opportunities and problems, by forces that may be professional or personal. A community forms with the intention to add value through collaboration, with members learning from and teaching each other.

A community can be any group of people who call themselves a 'community'. This can include neighbourhoods, sporting clubs, businesses and workplaces, cultural groups, religious groups, schools, social groups, friends, professional groups, Internet groups, interest groups or whole towns. But for logistical reasons neighbours and neighbourhoods tend to plan together for natural disasters and emergencies.