Learn how to tune into warnings and alerts


The Bureau of Meteorology provides warnings of dangerous weather to the Australian community, with the aim of minimising injury and damage. This information is transmitted to authorities such as Police, Emergency Management Queensland, State Emergency Service (SES), and to radio and television stations.

Tune to your local ABC radio station for warnings and advice. Details of your local ABC radio frequency and local web-page can be obtained from www.abc.net.au/local

Familiarise and your household with the alert sound - Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) - used to alert Queenslanders when disasters loom or a major emergency happens.

Emergency Alert is the national telephone based emergency warning system that sends messages via landlines based on the location of the handset and mobile phones based on an individual's billing address.

The system provides emergency service organisations with another way to warn communities in the event of an emergency such as bushfire and extreme weather events. You don't have to sign up for this service.

But don't simply rely on receiving a message; individuals and communities must still prepare themselves in case of an emergency.

Details of any current alerts for Queensland are available through the Queensland's Disaster Management Services website. Alternatively, visit the National Emergency Alert web site for Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Alert telephone messaging.

Parents who provide their children with mobile phones will need to explain to their child what to do if they receive a message. If a child receives a telephone warning when they are at school, the child must follow the emergency management arrangements currently in place at their school. 

Telephone-based emergency warnings do not replace existing workplace emergency arrangements. Individuals must follow current emergency management arrangements in place at their workplace.

Early Warning Network - Brisbane and Townsville City Councils are partners and residents in those areas can register free for early warnings of severe weather approaching the area.

The Australian Early Warning Network (EWN) provides emergency alerts covering everything from tsunamis through to severe weather. EWN monitors and tracks potentially dangerous weather systems and uses the network to alert people directly in the path of an event such as a thunderstorm with the potential for hail, flash flooding or damaging winds.