Most Queensland local councils proactively plan to reduce the
impact on the community from disaster events such as cyclones,
storm surges, floods, and bushfires. The Queensland Disaster
Management Act 2003 sets out the responsibilities of Local
Governments during disasters. Most councils have a local
disaster management group, which coordinates local and acquired
external resources to provide essential assistance to the community
in response to an event.
Ask your local council if you can access the Disaster Management
Plan and Operational Plan for use in the event of a disaster to
enable communities to prepare, respond, and recover. Ask council
for information about Evacuation Zones and Evacuation Routes for
As an example, you can access the Mackay Regional Council
Emergency Action Guide, which provides essential information
about what to do before, during, and after sever weather.
If you would like additional information on how evacuation
notices are provided, contact your local State Emergency Service
(SES). The amount of time you have to evacuate will depend on the
hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a cyclone that
can be monitored, you might have a day or two to get ready.
However, many emergencies allow no time for people to gather even
the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is
If you don't own a car, make transportation arrangements with
friends or neighbours. Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by
severe weather. Don't be tempted to take a short cut in the belief
that you'll save time; follow recommended evacuation routes. Be
alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Call your out-of-area
contact identified in your Emergency Plan
and let them know where you are evacuating to, in case you lose
touch with other family members.
Each of the local councils throughout Queensland has a disaster
management plan, which is a legislative requirement of Council
under Section 57 of the Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003.
Disaster Management Planning Guidelines were issued to all Local
Governments in 2005, to assist with planning for disasters.
The Local Disaster Management Groups manage the response to a
disaster at a local level. During responses to disasters the group
will operate a Disaster Information Service through local radio and
council website, to provide emergency details locals and families
outside of the council area. Review your local evacuation zones and
nominated evacuation routes.
The SES forms a part of Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ), a
Division of the Queensland Government's Department of Community
An important partnership between State Government and local
government authorities enables the SES and its volunteers to
provide emergency assistance to local communities.
The Queensland SES responds at local and national levels to many
different types of activations as a result of disasters and
emergencies including emergency response to help those affected by
cyclones, storms, and floods. You can call the SES on 1325 00 for
assistance if your roof has been damaged during a storm, if you
fear rising floodwaters, if trees have fallen on and damaged
buildings. For all life-threatening emergencies call Triple