Being prepared is the most effective buffer we have to protect
and support our community in times of severe flood, storm,
bushfire, cyclone, and other emergencies. And an important part of
planning ahead is to find out what natural hazards have occurred in
your local area, and what disaster management arrangements have
been made for your town, city, or region. Hazards come in all
shapes and sizes. Your evacuation procedures for a fire may be
different from those for a cyclone or a tornado. Knowing which
hazards are prevalent in your area will help determine your plan of
Check out Be
Aware to find out what potential natural hazards could impact
the community where you live. It summarises information from your
local library, regional council, the Australian Bureau of
Meteorology website, and other historical information about natural
Try searching the Internet for newspaper stories of specific
events if you need more details. For example, enter 'Toowoomba' and
'floods' into a search engine and you'll find 888,000 search
results - mainly newspaper stories. To narrow the search, enter the
year of the event you're interested in. Most local council
authorities have a section called Disasters and Emergencies under
the Community Services category of their websites. Each local
council has flood maps you can use to determine whether your
property was inundated during the last major flood event.
Tropical cyclones in the Queensland region mostly form from
low-pressure systems within the monsoon trough, between November
and April and on average 4.7 cyclones affect Queensland each year.
While residents along the entire east coast should prepare, the
northern region between Gladstone and Cape York, is at greater
Use the bushfire risk maps produced by The Rural Fire Service
and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to determine your local
area's vulnerability. Now is the time for everyone to put in place
measures to protect their rural properties from the threat of
fires. With the heavy rainfall comes much vegetation growth, so
it's important to check firebreaks, to prevent wildfires destroying
homes, livestock, and pastures.
Become familiar with weather warnings issued by the Bureau of
Meteorology. Do you know the difference between a 'cyclone watch'
and a 'cyclone warning'? What actions do you need to take when a
'cyclone warning' or a 'flood warning' is issued?