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Whether facing a flood, bushfire, storm, or other natural disaster, it is important residents and businesses in the community understand the risks, prepare their homes and properties, and make plans to stay safe – before, during and after severe weather events.

Knowing risks specific to you, will help ensure the safety of yourself, your family, home and property. Taking steps to get ready will help reduce the impact of a disaster.

Get Ready Queensland has some helpful information at the below links to help you plan and prepare.

  • Understand your risk

    Everyone’s disaster risk is different. Some natural disasters are largely determined by your location, whereas others can happen to anyone at any time. If you know what your personal risks are, you can be better prepared, which will help reduce the impact of a disaster on you, your family, home, property and business.

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  • Make a plan

    Extreme weather can happen suddenly. Taking the time to create a plan now means everyone in your household is prepared and knows what to do if the weather turns quickly. Your plan should be a hard copy document you and members of your family can easily access. Remember to consider people around you such as neighbours, friends or the elderly and vulnerable that may require your assistance when creating your plan.

    You plan could include: 

    • Contact details – mobile phone numbers and email addresses of household members 
    • Pets – all pets details - microchip numbers and their vet's name and contact details 
    • Vehicles – vehicle makes and registration details 
    • Emergency contacts – identify emergency contacts (one local and one out of town) 
    • Neighbours – contact details for your neighbours
    • School, kindy or daycare contact details 
    • Workplace details for each household member 
    • Utility company details (water, gas, electricity) 
    • Medical contact details 
    • Safe meeting point in the event your household is separated 
    • Emergency and evacuation kits
    • Local council contact details 
    • Insurance details 

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  • Pack an emergency kit

    When the weather turns bad quickly it’s important to have an emergency kit ready to go. This is so you can leave swiftly and safely when needed. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

    • First aid kit including essential medication 
    • Essential toiletries 
    • Can opener 
    • Important documents 
    • Water for three days 
    • Non perishable food for three days 
    • USB – with important documents, contacts, emails and photos  
    • Torch 
    • Spare batteries 
    • Pet supplies 
    • Battery operated radio
    • Wrench or pliers 
    • Tarps and ropes 
    • Utility knife  
    • Warm blankets


    For more information and ideas, click here

Types of disasters

Natural disasters are part of life in Queensland. To be prepared, it’s important to know about the many types of disasters so you are ready when they happen. Specific types of disasters are listed on the Get Ready Queensland website, where you can find information relating to storms, floods, cyclones and storm surges, bushfires, heatwaves, tsunamis, earthquakes, pandemics and landslides.

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Three priority disaster types for the Gympie region are listed below:

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