Be prepared for a disaster
Brisbane's subtropical climate makes our city prone to severe weather events and a variety of natural disasters and hazards.
It is common for Brisbane to experience flooding from a number of different sources, severe storms with hail and damaging winds, heavy rainfall and bushfires. Other natural events that can affect Brisbane include king tides, earthquakes, heat waves, landslides and dust storms.
Are you prepared?
Now is the time to prepare your home. A disaster can occur anywhere and at any time.
To be prepared for disasters, Council has a number of tools available to help reduce the impacts of possible events to your family, pets and property.
Severe weather is a natural part of living in Brisbane's sub-tropical climate. Every year, Brisbane experiences severe storms which typically run from November through to March. It is important you take the time to prepare yourself and your home for storm season.
Sign up to receive free alerts via the Brisbane Early Warning Alert Service.
Brisbane is built on a flood plain, and due to our subtropical climate, Brisbane is prone to flooding from a number of different sources including creeks, river, storm tide and overland flow. Understand your flood risk:
Have you signed up for Council's free Early Warning Alert Service? This service allows residents in the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area to register for severe and urgent weather alerts that may affect their residential address via email, SMS, and/or home phone.
Find more information on the service, as well as:
Creek flooding or flash flooding can be a common source of flooding for many properties in Brisbane. Council offers a Creek Flooding Alert Service to some identified at risk areas. This service allows some residents in the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area to register for alerts that may affect their residential address via email, SMS, and/or home phone.
Find out if you live in an serviceable area for this type of alert.
Find more information on the service as well as:
Managing fire is vital for protecting our homes and maintaining environmental habitats. Queensland's bushfire season traditionally runs from August to November each year.
Find out how you can prepare your property for bushfires.
Do you have an emergency kit? Use our emergency kit fact sheet to help you prepare a emergency kit to help you, your family and your pets in the event of a disaster.
It's also important to prepare a household emergency plan to help you during an emergency. Find useful tips on preparing your household emergency plan.
Other natural disasters and hazards
There are a number of other natural disasters and hazards that could affect Brisbane including:
Emergency phone numbers
- life threatening emergencies - 000
- State Emergency Service (SES) - 132 500
- Energex - 13 19 62
A range of preparedness action plans, fact sheets, booklets and announcements are available in English and other languages:
- SES and other emergency fact sheets
- Queensland Government links to community service announcements, the 'Preparing for Cyclones' brochure and action plans for culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Preparedness information is also available in Auslan (Australian Sign Language).