Prepare your home

Take the time now to prepare your home in case of an emergency or disaster.

General home maintenance

  • Keep your roof in good condition and check it regularly.
  • Keep gutters and downpipes clear so water can drain away quickly.
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches close to the house. Be aware of any overhead power lines.
  • Check and fix any:
    • Corrosion in the roof and walls of your home
    • rotten timbers in the structure and underpinnings of your home
    • loose fittings paying particular attention to windows and doors.

General home preparations

  • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is current and appropriate. Check your policy includes disaster debris clean up and removal.
  • Identify your strongest room to 'shelter in place' during severe weather events.
  • Identify where and how to turn off the main supply for water, power and gas.
  • Have items on hand such as:
    • water storage containers
    • spare fuel for your vehicle (ensure you store it safely)
    • camp stove and fuel for cooking without power in a safe location.

If you live in a flood-prone area

  • Store all poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level.
  • Identify indoor items you will need to raise or empty if flood threatens.
  • Consider alternatives to carpet.?
  • Relocate power-points to well above previous flood levels. Use a licensed contractor to do this.

If you live in a cyclone / severe storm-prone area

  • Arrange for a professional builder to check the structural safety of your building. Identify ways you can make your home better withstand high winds.
  • Fit windows with shutters or metal screens for added safety during high winds.

When warnings are issued for a severe weather event in your area

  • Disconnect electrical appliances in your home.
  • Turn off electricity and gas main supplies if instructed to do so.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and garden items.
  • Fill buckets and bath with clean water in case of interruptions to water supply.
  • Close windows with shutters or tape windows with strong tape and draw curtains.

When warnings are issued for flooding that may impact on your home

  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Move outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to a higher location.
  • Where possible raise your household equipment and furniture to minimise the chance of them being affected.
  • Sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent sewage backflow.
  • Move livestock, plant and feed to higher ground.

Use the prepare your home factsheet to assist.

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

Prepare your business

All businesses need to plan and prepare for a disaster or emergency.

To help you prepare your business and reduce disruption and loss, use the tips on the Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal.

This includes:

  • Business continuity planning – develop a basic plan to cover a range of crisis events;
  • Business continuity plan template – download a template to help you develop your business continuity plan;
  • Responding to a crisis – understand the crisis events that may affect your business;
  • Recovering from a disaster – examine a range of recovery strategies that may be useful for your business.

Additional information on how to prepare your business for a disaster is also available on the Queensland Council of Social Service website.

Look after your pets

It is your responsibility to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets in case of an emergency.

Domestic pets and livestock are not able to be accepted at the evacuation centre – you need to make alternative arrangements for your pets and livestock. Get ready now – make a pet preparedness plan for each pet. Here's what to do if it is not possible to take your pet with you to a temporary evacuation shelter:

  • Secure animals inside before an emergency event, so that they do not take flight or run away.
  • It may be possible for your pet to be boarded in a safe environment away from the emergency zone.
  • If you are able to house your animal in a temporary foster home, again take all the essentials listed in the pet preparedness plan.

For advice in planning for small livestock such as pigs and goat contact specialised agencies such as:

  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry concerning livestock
  • the RSPCA
  • your animal's vet
  • or local pet shop.

Note: In all cases, trained assistance dogs will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters or evacuation centre.