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Your ability to respond quickly and appropriately to disaster events depends on your ability to access up to date, accurate information.

Issued warnings

Warnings issued by Council, the Bureau of Meteorology or Emergency Management Queensland provide timely information and advice and may direct you to:

  • Finalise preparations, including securing items
  • Activate your emergency plan
  • Shelter in place
  • Evacuate to a safer location


To ensure you receive necessary advice and warnings from Council you should register with the Council’s MoretonAlert.

MoretonAlert is an alert system used by Council to send out alerts about local disaster events via text and voice message, e-mail, web or social media updates to local residents who are registered. 

The system may provide warnings about possible major dam releases and flood conditions within the region. It will complement existing warnings provided by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Emergency Alert system used by the State Government.

Stay informed

In addition you should:

  • Listen to your radio (612 ABC, 101.5FM or 99.7FM) and/or television for updates.
    The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) - a wailing siren sound used at the beginning of serious warnings – may be used to preclude information on events of major significance
  • Listen formessages and warnings on landlines or mobiles provided through the Councils emergency alert system (MoretonAlert) or provided through the State’s emergency alert system (Emergency Alert)
  • Monitor the Bureau of Meteorology for weather warnings
  • Monitor Council’s website for information on local emergency management plans and evacuation arrangements
  • Act quickly on any advice given

You can remain informed via Council's Facebook page.

Emergency Alert

Emergency Alert

Emergency Alert is a telephone warning system that the State Government can use to send alerts to communities via landline telephones based on the location of the handset, and to mobile phones, based on the service address of the phone.

In the case of an emergency, you may receive a voice message on your landline or a text message on your mobile phone.

If you receive an Emergency Alert and want more information, follow the instructions in the message or contact Council.

Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

When disasters loom or a major emergency happens, Queenslanders will be alerted by the sound of the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).

SEWS is a wailing siren sound used throughout Australia for various emergency events of major significance, such as cyclones, flooding and severe storms.

When you hear the signal on radio or television, pay careful attention to the message that follows and act immediately on the advice given.

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