Information is the key to making the right decision in an emergency. In the event of power outages, make sure you can receive information and warnings – keep a battery-powered radio with spare batteries, and a car-charger for your mobile phone.
Tune into warnings
Tune into the local ABC or local commercial radio and television stations for warnings, updates and community safety announcements.
When evacuations become necessary, you will be told through the media or by other warning methods, such as the emergency alert system. In extreme circumstances, this will include an SMS message to your mobile or a voice message to your landline within a defined geographic area.
When warnings are issued you may be directed to:
- finalise preparations and secure items around your home
- activate your emergency plan
- self-evacuate to your pre-determined safer location with family or friends (usually on 'higher ground')
- evacuate to a council approved and operating evacuation centre.
Weather related events and flooding
The Bureau of Meteorology's weather services provide a wide range of forecast, warning, weather observations and information services to the Australian community.
This includes the flood warning network of rain and water level gauges that provide real-time rainfall and water levels at the gauge sites to forecast anticipated flooding conditions in our region.
Before you leave your house, check your route via council's road closures information page.
In addition, check the Queensland Government's Traffic and Travel Information website or phone 13 19 40 for traffic and travel conditions on major roads.
Standard emergency warning signal
The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a wailing siren sound used throughout Australia for various emergency events of major significance, such as cyclones, flooding and severe storms.
Listen to SEWS to familiarise yourself with the sound.
When you hear the signal on radio or television, pay careful attention to the message that follows and act immediately on the advice given.