Know your disaster risks

Overview

Natural disasters can strike suddenly. Knowing about natural hazards and risks that could affect your family and property will help you plan for disasters. Council supports Get Ready Queensland, a Queensland Government initiative offering preparedness advice for severe weather events.

Get ready now by accessing tailored information for residents and people with a disability, their family and carers and fact sheets translated into several languages.

Severe Storm

Severe storms are more common than any other natural hazard.

They occur regularly in South East Queensland between September and March and can produce damaging winds, hail, lightening and flash floods.

The Bureau of Meteorology website provides regular updates during storm season. 

Bushfire

Although bush fires or grass fires can occur at any time, Bushfire season usually occurs between August and November in South-East Queensland when conditions are dry.

You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire;  just close enough to be affected by burning embers or smoke. It only takes a few weeks of hot, dry and windy weather to create dangerous fire conditions. Fires can occur in suburbs where houses have grassland, bush or parkland around them. 

View My Property Look Up to find out if your property is identified on the Bushfire hazard overlay map.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service website provides information to prepare for bushfire season. 

Hazard reduction activities -  Moreton Bay Regional Council manages approximately 9,000 hectares of bushland. Council works with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and their Rural Fire Service division, to undertake hazard reduction burns and community education activities to ensure our region is well prepared.

Council planned burns - planned burns are used by council and other land management agencies such as Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Seqwater, and property owners to:

  • Reduce fuel loads to decrease risk to life and property
  • Aid in weed control and land rehabilitation
  • Maintain habitat diversity by burning areas of varying sizes at different times. 

Community notification – be aware of planned burns in your area. Information about upcoming burns is delivered to letterboxes around planned burn areas. Check council’s website for a list of planned burnsThe Rural Fire Service website also provides information about current bushfire incidents.  

Council regulates the lighting of fires in the Moreton Bay Region. 

Flood

A flood occurs when water inundates normally dry land and is often due to heavy rainfall causing waterways and urban drainage systems to exceed their capacity. Flooding can also occur when dam releases are necessary to control dam levels and maintain the integrity of the dam structure.

Flash flooding can occur when short, intense bursts of rainfall, typically experienced during a thunderstorm, affects a small catchment and there is little or no practical warning time.

Flooding can also occur on low-lying coastal land when extreme weather conditions produce a storm surge resulting in sea levels above normal tide levels. Storm surges are often associated with major weather events such as east coast lows and tropical cyclones.

View Council’s flood mapping or download a free Flood Check Property Report for your property.

Other risks

Visit the Queensland Government website for information on

 Visit the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology website for information on

The Queensland Government website also contains information on