The most important thing to remember during a natural disaster is to follow the instructions of local authorities and emergency services and stay calm.
For assistance during a disaster, telephone:
Log on to the Emergency Dashboard for local emergency contact information, weather warnings, road conditions and possible evacuation information and routes.
Tune in on your battery powered radio to official local radio (837AM ABC) and/or local television stations to listen for weather and warning updates.
Act immediately on advice provided: the information in the warnings can mean further action is required. Ensure all householders are aware of any warnings or advice, and check on neighbours and friends who may need special assistance or may not be aware of the current situation. If a disaster is imminent you may need to activate your Household Emergency Plan and Kit.
Whilst the Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) and relevant emergency services will do all they can to assist the community in times of disaster, it should be remembered that individuals are ultimately responsible for their own safety.
There are three degrees of evacuation:
If evacuation is advised or mandatory, the LDCC will advise the location/s of temporary accommodation or evacuation centre/s.
No matter what, it is important that you be prepared if evacuation if required.
The State Emergency Service (SES): As part of the Disaster Management Act 2003, Councils and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are jointly responsible for providing and sponsoring volunteer SES units. Council employs a fulltime local controller and supplies storage and operational equipment such as vehicles, flood boats, trailers, chainsaws, generators, lighting and safety equipment.
Register.Find.Reunite: This Australian Red Cross service allows our community to register, find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during and after a disaster event.