It is important for you to know what to do if you had to face a disaster or emergency at home or at work. If you know what needs to be done, it makes it easier to stay calm if a situation should occur. By planning ahead, you can be prepared and help reduce the risk of injury and damage to property. The process steps outlined in this section of the website are easy but need to be understood and acted on now.

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate from your home or it may confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, electricity or telephones were cut off? Local council personnel, Emergency Services Officers, and government officers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You and your families need to know how to cope in a disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.

This section includes information on getting prepared, the steps to be prepared and how to minimise the impact of a possible disaster. It also links to a number of excellent resources produced by State Agencies and volunteer organisations.

Prepare your emergency plans

For many emergencies you may be able to ‘shelter in place', either at home or at work. If so, your ability to securely see out the emergency will be greatly increased by relying on items you've included in your emergency kit and, if necessary, your evacuation kit.

You need to take the time to prepare an emergency and evacuation kit well ahead of any impending disaster.

Emergency kit checklist

  • Fresh water for three days
  • Three days worth of non-perishable food and can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Portable radio
  • Torch
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Spare batteries for radio, torch and mobile phone
  • Essential medication
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Important documents in sealed bags and cash
  • Baby formula and nappies
  • Waterproof bags
  • Toiletries

Include items you may need for at least three days in case of disruption to essential services such as power and water supplies. Also, include the equipment you'll need to prepare meals with no power.

Keep your kit in a waterproof storage container and store in an easy-to-access location. Check your kit every three months to stock up and rotate supplies to ensure provisions are fresh and safe to use.

Download the printable emergency kit checklist.

Evacuation kit checklist

  • Blanket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Kids toys/entertainment
  • Pillows
  • Warm clothes
  • Valuables and mementos
  • Essential medication
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Important documents in sealed bags and cash
  • Baby formula and nappies
  • Toiletries

If you live in a low-lying coastal area or an area prone to flooding, preparing an evacuation kit now can save you time and stress in the event of cyclone, storm tide, flood or tsunami.

Download the printable evacuation kit checklist.

When you evacuate, ensure that you take your:

  • emergency kit
  • evacuation kit
  • emergency plan

The most current versions of these fact sheets are available on the Queensland Government Get Ready Queensland website.