Natural disasters are common in Queensland. It is a part of life here. Many types of disasters often affect Queenslanders. It is important to know the many types of disasters so we can best prepare for when they happen.

A natural disaster can happen at any time and things can change fast. There can be bushfires one month and floods the next. Our weather is unpredictable, so you should have a plan. Learn about the 3 steps to get ready here.

Where you live is important to what types of natural disasters you may see. A bushfire is more likely to affect people who live in dry, rural areas. Cyclones are common for people in North Queensland who live in warm, humid climates. Some disasters such as pandemic and heatwaves can happen to anyone at any time.

Knowing the natural disasters you will likely see is the first step to getting ready. Understand the risk of where you live and places you often go. Also think about your family, house, travel plans and other assets. Once you have this information, you can take action to Get Ready.


Watch the video below to learn more about the types of disasters


What Types of Disasters Affect Me

Natural disasters can affect anyone at any time. Depending on where you live, some natural disasters are more likely to happen than others. See where natural disaster happen below: 


  • Storms can happen anywhere in Queensland. They can happen all year round but are more common during Summer. 
  • Floods happen after big rain events. People who live near water and in low lying areas are more likely affected.
  • Cyclones & Storm Surges happen during warm weather. People who live in hot climates near the coast are more likely to be affected by cyclones. Cyclones are common for people in Northern Queensland.
  • Bushfires happen on hot, dry days. They affect people who live in the country the most. Bushfires are dangerous for all Queenslanders who live near bushland, scrubs or forests.


Why Get Ready For Natural Disaster

Since 2011, there have been 100 natural disasters in Queensland. If you do not know the dangers of natural disasters, you may find yourself in trouble. Being prepared is the best way to ensure that you can keep you and your loved ones safe.

Natural Disasters can also do a lot of damage to buildings and businesses. Over the last 10 years, disasters have caused more than $16 billion dollars worth of damage. There are ways to help minimise damage to your property. The links below can help you find some helpful information.