Safety & Risk

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Blackouts: What to do before, during and after a power outage

Blackouts: What to do before, during and after a power outage

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

The Grab Bag

The Grab Bag

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

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.

Flood
Storms and floods (Workcover Queensland)
If it’s flooded, forget it!
Get Ready – Flood

Ticks and Tick Bites

Parents warned: Tick Outbreak across Australia

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)

Survival Kit

Survival Kit

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.

Distress Beacons

Distress Beacons

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

Park Alerts

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

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

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.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Commission for Children and Young People and Child GuardianVehicle / 4WD Safety

Vehicle safety and related information for all drivers and off-roaders

Cars, Roads & Children

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.

The Blue Card SystemSun Safety

Sun Safety Queensland

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

UV Exposure and Heat Illness Guide

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

My Sun Protection

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. 

Your Summer Guide to Sunscreen

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 …

Become a member

QORF welcomes applications for new Community and Green Circle Members from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoors

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