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Step by Step Disaster and Emergency Planning


Prepare yourself, your family, your home and your business ahead of the threat of disaster or emergency.

The Get Ready Queensland websiteLink exits to another website has fact sheets with simple tips and check lists on how to prepare your household step by step.

Step 1: Prepare your emergency plan

Take the time to discuss what you and your family will do. Prepare your emergency plan ahead of time. Then, if an emergency threatens, you already know how you will respond because you will have thought through each scenario.

Step 2: Prepare your emergency kit and evacuation kit

Take the time now to prepare an emergency and evacuation kit. Talk with your family and do it now, well ahead of any impending disaster.

When an emergency happens and you must evacuate, make sure you take your:

  • emergency kit
  • evacuation kit
  • and emergency plan.

Could you survive three days without food, water or power?

For many emergencies you may be able to ‘shelter in place’, either at home or at work. See out the emergency by relying on items you've included in your emergency kit, and, if necessary, your evacuation kit. You may be instructed to go to an evacuation centre.

Step 3: Prepare your home/business/pets

In case of an emergency, make the time to:

Do this now before an emergency happens. Be ahead of time.

Step 4: Tune in, log on, listen out

Make sure you know how to tune into warnings when they are issued and stay informed about current warnings.

When evacuations are necessary, you will be told by the media or by other warning methods.  These methods can include:

  • sirens
  • telephone calls using the emergency alert system
  • an SMS message to your mobile
  • a voice message to your landline.

When SEWS warningsLink exits to another website are issued you may be directed to:

  • finalise preparations and secure items around your home
  • activate your emergency plan and ‘shelter in place’
  • self-evacuate to your pre-determined safer location with family or friends (usually on 'higher ground')
  • evacuate to a council approved evacuation centre.

Get ready Sunshine Coast

From the 2012 storms on the Sunshine Coast, it is evident that you can be left without power or cut off by flooded roads for long stretches of time. At least three days is how long you may be without help. So you need to get ready and be prepared.

You should keep either original or certified copies of important documents in your emergency kit. All across Queensland, everyone is encouraged to take small steps to get ready for what Queensland weather can bring.

Fill in the Disaster Readiness Index checklistLink exits to another website . These simple and short nine questions will let you know how ready you are for disasters and emergencies.

Council supports Get Ready QueenslandLink exits to another website . This Queensland Government initiative offers advice in several languages on how to prepare for severe weather events.