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Get Ready Queensland provides information for Queenslanders on how to stay safe during a natural disaster event.
Prepare your home
There are steps you can take to prepare your home so you stay safe and healthy during natural events.
Household emergency kit
A household emergency kit should contain items you will need if you are isolated in your home or need to evacuate your home following an emergency, or if power or water are disrupted for several days.
Be prepared and find out how to put together a household emergency kit to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Food and drinking water
The following pantry lists have been prepared to assist you in planning for an emergency:
- Emergency pantry list for Queensland households
- Food for infants in emergencies
- Emergency pantry list for breastfed infants (aged 0–12 months)
- Emergency pantry list for formula-fed infants (aged 0–12 months)
- Preparing ready-to-use infant formula in an emergency
Preparing for an emergency
- Divide or multiply the quantities in the pantry list to meet your household's needs.
- Refer to the food item examples below when considering your purchases. If your household is smaller or larger than two people, other sizes of cans, bottles and packets may be more appropriate.
- Choose the brand, size and variety that suit your household’s tastes, needs and budget.
- Buy familiar foods that your household will enjoy.
- Buy items on special to reduce the cost.
- Buy salt-reduced items and avoid adding salt to your meals. Salt will increase your thirst.
- Avoid panic buying. Purchase items throughout the year and stock up gradually.
- Regularly check the expiration dates of all foods in your pantry and use or replace any items which will expire during the storm or bushfire season.
- Read the emergency pantry list for breastfed infants and emergency pantry list for formula-fed infants if you have children aged 0-12 months in your household. Remember, cow's milk (e.g. UHT, long-life and powdered) is not a suitable replacement for breast milk or formula for infants.
- Read the following fact sheets for information about how to ensure safe drinking water supplies:
- Prepare your household emergency kit
- Ensuring safe drinking water
- Read the Food safety in an emergency fact sheet for information about consuming food from your refrigerator following power failures, and other food safety tips.
During an emergency
- Supplement the pantry list with non-perishable (undamaged) food items from your pantry.
- Discard any opened food that may spoil if not eaten immediately.
- Avoid eating food that has passed its best-before date.
- Do not give whole nuts to children under five years as they may present a choking risk.
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the day. Read Staying healthy in the heat for more tips.
If you have a disability or care for someone who does, you can also take steps to prepare for a natural disaster event. Information for farmers is available from the National Centre for Farmer Health.
During a natural disaster event or extreme weather event, keep up-to-date with the latest information available. There are a number of services that can assist:
Get Ready Queensland
Queensland Alert is a Queensland Govenment website that provides up-to-date information to the public during an emergency or disaster, including road closures.
Tune in to your local radio station
Make sure you have a battery-operated radio ready as part of your household emergency kit and you can tune into your local station for weather updates and community service announcements.
Australian Early Warning Network
Register for free severe weather alerts. Choose to receive an email, SMS or recorded message to your home phone if potentially dangerous weather is heading your way. You can learn more and register on the Australian Early Warning Network.
Contact your local council
Contact your local council for information for your specific location.