Reach out to others

Check up on people who might need your help, mindful of privacy concerns people might have, and being aware of examples of how people can help each other:

  • Older people living at home by themselves
  • People with physical or sensory disabilities
  • People with a chronic illness or with a mental illness
  • Single parents with young children
  • Large families with more children than adults
  • People newly arrived to the area, including tourists, refugees or newly arrived immigrants.


In an emergency, adults need to take special care of children. If there are families nearby with more children than adults, allocate another family to give them a hand in the event of an emergency. Get the families together ahead of time to build familiarity and trust. Share copies of your emergency plan so that emergency contact numbers are shared. Include your neighbour's Emergency Plan in your Emergency Kit.

When someone moves to Queensland from overseas or interstate, they might not understand the local hazards your region has experienced in the past. Take time over a 'cuppa', to tell them about what's happened since you've lived in the area and before that time if you know. Talk to them about what happened how that affected you and your community, the problems, and what could have been avoided.

If you live in a region exposed to cyclones, talk to people who moved from southern areas about how to prepare for cyclones, well before cyclone season. Refugees who have emigrated from war-torn areas might not be pleased to hear about local severe weather, because they are seeking safety and security in Queensland. So be sensitive to any anxiety they show.

Explain the dangers of floods, bushfire, storms and severe weather to others in your community. Help others to create their own Harden Up plan, Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kits. Talk to others about how to share responsibilities and work together as a team. Keep it simple enough so people can remember the important details. A disaster is an extremely stressful situation that can create confusion. The best emergency plans are those with very few details.