Preparing for emergencies

The Toowoomba Region is one of Australia’s most picturesque and productive areas. We are blessed with moderate climatic conditions, rich soil and beautiful landscapes. However, just like any region, from time to time we are faced with adverse weather events and natural disasters. We can never be too prepared for times of nature’s destructive force.

In the event of an emergency or disaster there is often little time to act, however, there are vital preparations that can be completed ahead of time to ensure the best possible mitigation against injury and loss of life.

 

Types of disasters that can impact our region

Always be prepared for the following events to minimise danger to yourself, your family and your property.

 

Useful websites during an emergency

Council's disaster website: http://disaster.tr.qld.gov.au

Get Ready Queensland: https://getready.qld.gov.au/homepage/

Queensland Government disasters and alerts website: https://www.qld.gov.au/alerts 

 

Useful helpsheets

 

Be prepared

Here are 5 simple steps to assist in preparing your household for natural hazards and emergencies.

Step 1 - Preparing your household and business

Preparing your household

Download a 'Household emergency plan' form from Get Ready Queensland.

1. Identify risks

2. Create a household emergency plan

Sit down with all members of your household and decide how you will contact each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency, taking all family members into consideration. Record this information in a household emergency plan and keep copies in your emergency and evacuation Kits (see step 3) and another safe place for easy access in the event of a disaster. Review and practice your emergency plan regularly (recommended three times per year).

3. List emergency contacts

Create an emergency contacts list and keep it in a safe place where all household members can find and read it. Use the emergency contacts listed on our Emergency contacts and related links page as a starting point and add other relevant contacts to it.

Preparing your business

Access 'Natural disaster preparation' checklists for your business from Business Queensland.

1. Develop a business continuity plan

This plan should include the following tasks:

2. Develop a business emergency plan

List the actions staff should take when an emergency occurs, including putting down sandbags and boarding up glass doors and windows, then train staff in their responsibilities.

Step 2 - Preparing your pets

Decide on the best plan for your circumstances and take the following steps:

Download the 'Pet emergency plan' fact sheet from Get Ready Queensland.

Evacuating with your pet

Create a pet emergency kit including:

Evacuating without your pet

Leave your pet in the strongest part of your home and:

Step 3 - Emergency and evacuation kits

Prepare your emergency and evacuation kits in a sturdy, easy to carry bag or waterproof storage box and store in a safe place that is easy to access.

Download the 'Evacuation checklist' from Get Ready Queensland.

Items to include in your emergency kit

Items to include in your evacuation kit

Step 4 - Prepare your home

Emergency general maintenance graphic

Download the 'Prepare your home' fact sheet from Get Ready Queensland.

1. General maintenance

2. General preparations

Step 5 - Stay informed

During an emergency you need to tune in, log on, listen and act. Assume all warnings are urgent and you need to act immediately on the information provided.

Download the 'Tune into warnings' fact sheet from Get Ready Queensland.

1. Tune in

2. Log on

3. Listen out

4. Act

 

What to do after an emergency

It is important to take steps to ensure physical and mental health and safety after an emergency situation.

Coping after an emergency

1. Ensure safety

Make sure you and the people with you are safe by following these guidelines:

2. Remain calm

Take the following steps to control your fears, emotions and actions:

 

Related websites

The following sites can assist in being prepared for emergencies.

Get Ready Queensland 

Qld Gov Emergency Management - Be Prepared

Preparing for an emergency facts sheets - available in 16 languages

The Australian Red Cross emergency resources

Queensland Fire & Emergency Services - community education

 

Last Updated: Monday, 25 November 2019 10:02