Are you ready for the worst that nature has in store?


Queensland is a vast state and vulnerable to hazardous weather.

That’s why now is the time to make sure your service is ready for whatever nature brings.

Monitoring disasters

The Queensland Government's disasters and alerts provides real-time emergency updates and social media links to vital services and local councils.

Some local governments send severe weather alerts to subscribers by email and SMS. Check your council’s website to see whether they offer this service.


Bushfires can affect anyone, anywhere in Queensland. Everyone should be prepared for bushfire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) research shows the majority of people who are at risk of bushfire aren't well prepared and haven't made key decisions about what they would do if a bushfire threatened their home (or workplace), like whether they would leave or stay.

Queenslanders are urged to make a bushfire survival plan and know your risks.

Being prepared

Make sure that the roof, gutter and downpipes of your service are free of leaves so that stormwater can drain quickly instead of backing up and overflowing.

Bushfire preparation also involves cleaning gutters to reduce the risk of embers taking hold.

Nearby tall trees should be checked by an arborist to ensure they can withstand the combination of strong winds and wet soil, and any overhanging branches should be trimmed.

Your service will need a comprehensive first aid kit as well as an emergency kit containing the following items:

  • wide masking tape for windows
  • battery-powered radio tuned to your local ABC station​
  • torches with spare batteries
  • charged mobile phone and a hardcopy list of family contacts
  • phone numbers for emergency services
  • large garbage bags for emergency rain protection.

Storms and cyclones

As a major storm approaches, playgrounds should be cleared of loose items such as play equipment, toys and furniture.

Inside, electrical equipment should be disconnected and stored away from windows.

Depending on the severity of the event, families may need to be contacted and asked to collect their children.

During the storm

Children who cannot be collected before the storm should be entertained in a safe location indoors with quiet activities such as reading, drawing and using playdough.

A staff member should be tasked with collecting blankets, drinks, food, nappies, formula and cuddly toys to ensure the children feel safe and secure.

In case of emergency, phone 000 if the situation is life threatening.

If there is damage to buildings, phone the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500. For disruptions to power and water supply, visit disasters and alerts.

Incident and emergency ​​​​management

Educators and staff should ensure early childhood service evacuation procedures​ are up-to-date and rehearsed at least every 3 months. Read the guidelines on developing emergency and evacuation policies and procedures.

Notifying of a closure

If your service needs to close due to damage, the approved provider must notify the Regulatory Authority within 24 hours of closure. Further information about how to do this is available on our Early childhood service closures page.

Families and members of the public can access up-to-date information about service closures via the Service and temporary closure information webpage on the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website.

Key resources

Visit Get Ready Queensland​ and follow Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for preparation activities and tips.

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Last updated 08 October 2021