Other disaster risks

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.


You don't have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke. For Queensland residents, that can be anywhere.

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Floods can occur almost anywhere in Queensland and can rise over days, or in minutes in a 'flash flood'. Don't enter floodwater — even water 30 cm deep could sweep you off your feet.

After heavy rain in your area…

  • Keep informed about weather patterns and weather forecasts and act quickly on any advice
  • Stay away from rivers, creeks and drains
  • Get to higher ground
  • Never try to drive, ride or walk through floodwater.

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Severe storm

Severe storms can strike at any time. They are often unpredictable and can cause major damage to property, as well as serious injury and even loss of life. Are you ready for storm season?

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A heatwave is any long period of very hot weather. In Australia, heatwaves usually range from 37°C to 42°C. Go to the Bureau of Meteorology’s local weather forecast so you know if a heatwave is on the way, and keep an eye on the Queensland UV Index Forecast.

While the very young and the elderly are most at risk, anyone can be affected.

For more information on preventing heat-related illness and staying healthy in the heat, visit the Queensland Government website.

Storm surge

The risk of storm surge is the most dangerous hazard associated with cyclones and can cause flooding of low-lying coastal areas. Most cyclone-related deaths are from drowning in a storm surge or flood.

A storm surge is not the same as a tsunami, or tidal wave. A storm surge comes in like a rapidly rising tide, but it can be extremely dangerous and destructive.

The Queensland Government provides information on how to prepare for a storm surge, including what to do if you need to evacuate.


A tsunami is a series of powerful, fast-moving waves caused by an undersea earthquake, volcanic eruption, or landslide. Tsunamis can occur with very little warning — sometimes only minutes.

When you hear a tsunami warning, call 13 00 TSUNAMI (13 00 87 86 264) for current warning information.

The Queensland Government provides further information on Tsunamis.


An earthquake is a shaking of the Earth's crust. They strike without warning and vary greatly in severity. Earthquakes can be caused by:

  • Underground volcanic forces
  • The breaking of rock under the Earth's surface
  • A sudden movement along an existing fault line

The Queensland Government provides information on Earthquake warning signs and what to do during an earthquake.


Landslides usually involve the movement of large amounts of earth, rock, sand or mud or any combination of these.

Landslides can be caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, soil saturation from rainfall or seepage, or by human activity (e.g. vegetation removal, construction on steep terrain).

The Queensland Government provides information on Earthquake warning signs and what to do during an earthquake.