In Queensland, we can experience storms, cyclones, floods and bushfires. The tourism industry may from time to time be impacted by these events.
Being prepared can help minimise the potential damage or loss of business. It is important that you assess your risk and have plans in place.
Stay up to date
Council operates a Facebook page and Twitter account to provide the latest information and advice in a disaster event. Council's website will also display the latest roads, evacuation and weather warning advice.
Tourism and Events Queensland provides a number of online resources to help you prepare for storm season.
The Weather Proof Your Business Kit is a in step by step guide of what you need to do to prepare your business for a weather related event (like a severe storm or flooding) and includes a:
The Business and industry portal also provides resources to assist businesses in being prepared for an emergency or natural disaster as well as after the event.
Know your emergency plan
The Tourism and Events Queensland and Department of Tourist, Major Events and Small Business resources above can help you develop your emergency plan. Identify tourism and business organisations that may be able to assist you in preparing your plan.
Ensure your plan is regularly reviewed and updated. Reviewing your plan at least once a year will make sure it is as accurate as possible.
Listen to weather warnings
You can stay up to date with the latest weather warnings and advice on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Weather warnings are also broadcast on radio. A battery-operated radio is an important part of your emergency kit. Make sure you have a battery-operated radio to listen to warnings and updates during an emergency.
It is recommended that you turn off all electrical items in a storm. When you hear a severe weather warning, locate your battery-operated radio. Have extra batteries for your radio on-hand in case you need them.
Tune into 101.5 FM, 99.7 FM or 612 AM for updates on the situation.
Check road conditions
Always check road conditions before setting off in an emergency or natural disaster.
Council’s website includes the latest local road condition information. Road condition advice is also broadcast on 101.5 FM, 99.7 FM and ABC 612 AM.
Checking that your customers and guests are also aware of the latest road conditions and road closures can help keep them as safe as possible.
Heed evacuation advice
Evacuation may be required in an emergency or natural disaster, and advice will be issued about the location and availability of evacuation centres. Tune in to local radio stations 101.5 FM, 99.7 FM and ABC 612 AM, or visit council’s website for the latest road condition and evacuation centre advice.
Register your whereabouts
In an event, registering you and your visitors can help to ensure loved ones know you are all safe.
The Australian Red Cross manages Register.Find.Unite to help people who have been affected by various emergencies and natural disaster events to reconnect with their family and friends.
Red Cross will activate the register when a significant event occurs. People will be able to register at evacuation centres, or online or by telephoning the Red Cross.
Council encourages operators to register with MoretonAlert.
This is a new messaging system to alert relevant, registered users via text or voice message or e-mail regarding a possible emergency situation.