4 October, 2023

Prepare now for disaster season

Queensland primary producers are being urged to prepare now for natural disasters to help ensure the safety of family, workers and animals.

Prepare now for disaster season - feature photo

Queenslanders need to be prepared heading into the bushfire and summer rainfall season.

Bushfire is expected to be a particular risk in Queensland following the warmer winter weather this year.

By taking steps now, the risk of disaster damage and financial loss can be reduced.

The Queensland Government has disaster guides to help primary producers get ready for disaster season.

Tips include photographing assets in their pre-disaster condition and ensuring everyone on the property is familiar with the evacuation plan in the event of a natural disaster.

Producers should also ensure livestock have access to higher ground or are moved to safer ground or shelter with access to food and water ahead of an event.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said it is important for pet owners to not forget about family pets in household or farm emergency plans.

“Keep emergency phone numbers handy for your local council, veterinarian, animal welfare agency and pet and advisory services and make sure your pets can be properly identified if they escape,” Mr Furner said.

Make sure you have a financial plan including having adequate insurance cover, reviewing how you will manage orders, refunds and cancellations, and keeping financial reserves and emergency cash.

For more information on flood preparations, such as local evacuation routes and public shelter arrangements, contact Toowoomba Regional Council on 131 872 or visit the Disaster Dashboard.

Information on disasters for small business including primary producers, is available at


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