Disaster management plans

Brisbane City Council has created several disaster management plans to help residents and businesses prepare, respond and recover from various hazards, weather events and emergencies.

You can find out more information and download the following plans:

Local Disaster Management Plan

The Brisbane City Council Local Disaster Management Plan provides an outline for prevention, preparation, response and recovery arrangements in our community and in partnership with other levels of government.

The focus is to minimise the effects of a disaster by:

  • outlining the disaster management system
  • specifying roles and responsibilities
  • addressing all phases of disaster management
  • providing a framework for sub-plans for our most likely threats such as severe storms, floods and fires

Download chapters of the 2015 Brisbane City Council Local Disaster Management Plan:

Chapter Chapter name
1 Introduction to the Disaster Management Plan 2015 (Word - 180kb)
1a Introduction to Disaster Management Arrangements and BIMS (Word - 452kb)
1b Introduction to Emergency Risk Management (Word - 246kb)
1c Brisbane Community Profile (Word - 172kb)
2 Brisbane CBD Emergency Plan (Word - 2.6Mb)
3 Emergency Response Human Services Sub-plan (Word - 201kb)
4 Evacuation and Reception Sub-plan (Word - 555kb)
5 Volunteer Coordination Sub-plan (Word - 654kb)
6 Donations Sub-plan (Word - 145kb)
7 Traffic Management Sub-plan and Guidelines (Word - 115kb)
8 Environmental Health Sub-plan (Word - 179kb)
9 Moreton Island Sub-plan (Word - 443kb)
10 Inundation Sub-plan (Word - 158kb)
11 Wildfire Sub-plan (Word - 481Mb)
12 Pandemic Sub-plan (Word - 142kb)
13 Tsunami Sub-plan (Word - 1.9Mb)
14 Isolated Communities Sub-plan (Word - 112kb)

Brisbane's weather and disaster management arrangements

Severe weather is a part of life in Brisbane and Council is working hard to ensure the plans and resources are in place and the community is prepared so the city can recover as quickly as possible after an event.

Council’s Be Prepared communication campaign informs the community on how to prepare for severe weather including bushfires, severe storms, flooding and heatwaves. It promotes the awareness of Council’s online tools including the severe weather Early Warning Alert Service and Flood Awareness Maps.

The All Hazards Disaster Management Plan provides an outline for prevention, preparation, response and recovery arrangements in our community and in partnership with other levels of government including the state government’s role and resources.

Find out more about Council’s roles and responsibilities for natural disasters by downloading the fact sheet.

Pinkenba Community Emergency and Evacuation Plan

Pinkenba is an isolated seaside suburb of Brisbane with a mix of industrial, commercial and residential areas co-existing together. As the village is located so close to hazardous industry and the river, residents are vulnerable to a range of threats for evacuation. 

Council has worked with Pinkenba village residents, local industry and emergency agencies to produce the Pinkenba Community Emergency Evacuation Plan. As a result of this project, it is anticipated that the plan will increase the community’s:

  • awareness and understanding of local risks
  • preparedness to respond and recover from emergencies and disasters
  • resilience to local emergency and disaster events

The plan will help to ensure residents of Pinkenba:

  • have an emergency kit and response plan in place
  • are supported in developing a local emergency plan
  • have appropriate early warning systems
  • actively participate in an exercise to test their emergency plan
  • continue to work with Council and other agencies to improve community resilience

Download the Pinkenba Community Emergency Evacuation Plan (PDF - 3.5Mb) to find out more.

Animal management planning for disasters

Following the January 2011 floods and recommendations from the Flood Commission Inquiry, Council worked with the state government and the RSPCA on a set of guidelines to help the commercial animal industry develop a plan to deal with any disasters that may affect their premises.

Commercial providers in the animal management industry include, but are not limited to, zoos, commercial stables, boarding kennels and catteries, pet shops and wildlife handlers.

The Emergency Preparedness Guideline for the Commercial Animal Management Industry is a guide aimed at commercial business owners in the animal management industry who wish to develop a disaster management plan or update their existing plans.

The guideline helps you consider things such as when and where you should evacuate, and what you would do if you had to close your business for a period of time.

For more information, you can download the:

11 December 2015