Safety & Risk Management Links
When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when‘. Get Ready Queensland is a year-round program helping all Queenslanders prepare for natural disasters. Being prepared before a disaster hits could be the difference between staying safe or putting yourself and those you love in danger.
Source: Get Ready Queensland
Queenslanders are a pretty resilient bunch when it comes to natural disasters, and as the most disaster-prone state in the country, we need to make sure we’re ready for whatever comes our way.
Like … tropical cyclones.
Although we’ve been through it all before, it pays to reset and check that you’re prepared when the first storm of the season hits. Plan ahead now and cross off this storm-ready checklist to safeguard your home and family.
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Australia like several other countries in the world has a reputation for serious bushfires. A basic understanding of bushfires is useful if you are a bushwalker or spend time in the outdoors. Read More
Emergency Supply Kits, Recovery Plans, Roof Preparation and more
A collection of mainly US based resources that can readily be translated to an Australian setting.
Everyone knows that it’s smart to plan ahead. Getting together emergency supplies and kits may be the most important type of advance planning any family can do: once a storm hits, it’s too late. To keep loved ones safe, adults need to take the initiative and take action before the clouds roll in. Read More
You’re in the middle of a storm and the telly suddenly turns off, the fridge stops humming and the lights go out.
There’s a good chance your next thought is going to be: “What am I meant to do again?”
With the energy market operator warning that 1.3 million households are at risk of losing power this summer, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks so next time you’re in a blackout, you’re prepared. Learn More
Recently, like many other Australians across the country, I had a knock on the front door from a policeman telling me it was time to go! I had to evacuate the house as soon as possible. This was a first for me and not really something I had ever seriously considered a possibility.
A day or so later after we were allowed home, I decided to create a checklist – maybe even the ultimate emergency Go Bag checklist. I did a little Internet research and soon discovered I wasn’t the only one with this bright idea. The list is a compilation of my ideas and the thoughts of many others. Read More
Flooding in Queensland
Useful resources from the QLD Government.
Floods can occur almost anywhere in Queensland and can rise over days, or in minutes in a ‘flash flood’. Don’t enter floodwater—even water 30cm deep could sweep you off your feet.
After heavy rain in your area…
- Keep informed about weather patterns and weather forecasts and act quickly on any advice
- Stay away from rivers, creeks and drains
- Get to higher ground
- Never try to drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
There are over 70 species of tick in Australia, 16 of which are known to feed off humans. Most tick bites pose no long term harm to humans, however, children are at higher risk of a serious and harmful reaction, especially to the bites of paralysis ticks. The majority of Australian tick species can be found along the Eastern Coast, particularly in humid areas. Serious concerns about tick outbreaks in Sydney are trickling up the eastern seaboard, with the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast areas all at risk. The Gold Coast has been historically named as one of Australia’s hot spots for tick bites. Ticks love warm humid environments and South East Queensland provides a perfect habitat for them.
READ MORE (Source: Your Local Families Magazine)
Things you’ll need in case of an emergency
Emergency agencies recommend having a kit ready with items that will help you survive and recover from a disaster.
You should keep your kit in a handy location, in a container or bag that’s big enough to add extra items when you’re responding to a specific disaster.
No matter whether you’re travelling by land, sea or air, a GPS equipped distress beacon can mean all the difference in a life-threatening situation. Beacon registration can be completed online for free.
Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
What Happens If I Activate My Distress Beacon?
As an avid wilderness explorer, I’m often out in the middle of nowhere with no phone reception and miles from help. And that’s why I always carry a distress beacon; aka. Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
Source: Lisa Snow, We are Explorers
Before you leave home check the park alerts on the NPRSR website for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Go to Park Alerts
Understanding fire safety, taking steps to prevent fires occurring, and acting appropriately when fires break out, will help protect you, your loved ones and your valuable possessions.
Vehicle safety and related information for all drivers and off-roaders
- Safety Advice for Motorists (NRMA)
- 4WD Handy Hints (
- Top tips for remote 4WD trips (Australian Geographic)
- Safe Driving Tips (Australian 4WD)
- How to pack your 4WD (NRMA)
- ARB4WD (YouTube)
- 4WD Club Links (Courtesy Green Circle member, Toyota Landcruiser Club QLD)
- 4WD How To Guides (Courtesy Green Circle member, Four Wheel Drive Queensland)
Around 250 kids aged 0-14 are killed each year and 58,000 hospitalized, due to road and transport related injuries. These resources may help understand and mitigate these injuries.
Did you know anyone can get skin cancer? Skin cancer doesn’t just affect older people or fair skinned or people with red hair! The simple fact is that anyone of any age can develop skin cancer.
Not just Slip, Slop, Slap!
Your Summer Guide to Sunscreen
You’re probably not using enough sunscreen!
Australians should be taking a much more aggressive approach to wearing sunscreen,
Beat the Heat
Playing and exercising safely in hot weather
Helping to keep organised sport and physical activity safe, healthy and fun for all
Heat Related Illness
During very hot and extreme heat conditions, people are at greater risk of health problems. These can be specific heat-related illnesses or a worsening of existing medical problems.
My Sun Protection want you to be able to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities and better manage your time in the sun.
Visit our Resources Centre for helpful tips on how to keep you and your family sun safe.
Not just Slip, Slop, Slap!
Your Summer Guide to Sunscreen
The Australian summertime drill seems simple enough:
- Slip on a shirt
- Slop on some sunscreen,
- Slap on a hat!
But if you have ever found yourself staring back at a regretful, hyper-sensitive, pink-skinned version of yourself in the mirror thinking,”that sunscreen didn’t work as well as it should have“, then you’re probably doing sunscreen wrong …