Types of disasters

Brisbane's subtropical climate means our city is prone to severe weather events, a variety of natural disasters and hazards. It is common for Brisbane to experience a number of different severe weather events including:

  • flooding from a number of different sources, e.g. river, creek, overland flow, king tide and storm surge
  • severe storms with hail and damaging winds
  • heavy rainfall
  • bushfires
  • earthquakes, heat waves, landslides, dust storms

There may also be other emergencies such as diseases, pandemics and counter terrorism. Find out about Council's primary responsibilities in these situations.



Find information on understanding your flood risk, preparing for flooding, recovering after a severe weather event, and Council's flood plans, policy and projects. 


Heat waves

Find out how to avoid heat stress, who is most at risk and how to stay safe.



Be prepared for bushfire season and find out where and when Council is conducting planned burns.


Find out information on cyclones and how to be prepared if a cyclone affects Brisbane.


Read about earthquake risk for Brisbane.

Dust storms

Dust storms can reduce air quality and visibility and impact on your health.

King tides

A king tide poses a risk of localised flooding (tidal flooding) to the bayside and low lying parts of nearby suburbs. Find out more.

Dam Spills

Read more about dams in Brisbane and downstream hazards.


Find out about landslides and where you can get more information.


Information about counter-terrorism and how it is managed during a terrorist incident.