Brisbane's subtropical climate makes our city prone to severe weather events and a variety of natural disasters and hazards. You should check your risk, make an emergency plan, pack an emergency kit and stay informed to prepare ahead of potential storms, flood, bushfire or heatwave.

Follow our 4 simple steps to help you be prepared for Brisbane’s severe weather events.

Step 1 - Know your risk


Brisbane’s bushfire season is July to February, however bushfires can occur at any time throughout the year.

Check your bushfire risk


Storms can occur all year long but severe thunderstorms are most likely to occur between December and February.

Check weather warnings


Extreme heat in Brisbane is most likely to occur between November and March but can occur at any time.

Check heatwave warnings


Brisbane sits on a floodplain which means that flooding is possible at any time. Floods can be caused by creeks, rivers, overland flow or tides.

Check your flood risk

Step 2 - Make an emergency plan

Talk to your family and friends

  • Discuss the risk to your home, pets and family
  • Determine how you will respond to a disaster at your home, workplace, school (How would you shelter in place? How would you evacuate?)
  • Discuss household roles during each potential emergency
  • Create a list of emergency contacts for important people and services you may need to contact (insurers, emergency services)

Prepare your home

  • Protect your home by securing any loose items in your yard (furniture, equipment, tools)
  • Clean your yard, gutters and downpipes ahead of storm and bushfire seasons
  • If flooding is likely, ensure valuables are stored up high
  • Prepare your property for bushfire season
  • Learn how to turn off water, gas and electricity at main switches
  • Collect sandbags ahead of wet weather events

Plan to evacuate

  • What is your trigger to leave?
  • Who will you tell that you are leaving and how will you tell them?
  • Where will you go?
  • How will you travel to the safer place?
  • Who are you taking with you (including pets)?

Complete your plan

Step 3 - Prepare an emergency kit

Don’t forget - everyone’s emergency kit looks different depending on who is in your household but here is a list to get you started.


Step 4 - Stay informed 

Emergency dashboard

Register now for Brisbane Severe Weather Alert

Stay connected

Emergency contact information

You can also check Council's Facebook page and Twitter feed (@brisbanecityqld) and emergency dashboard for regular updates during an emergency event.

The Queensland Government will also update its alert website during an emergency event.

Check the Queensland Police Service Facebook page and Twitter feed (@qpsmedia) for regular updates.

Tune into your local radio station to listen for weather and warning updates.

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