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Safety during extreme weather

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Safety during extreme weather

Safety during extreme weather

Queensland’s national parks are no place to be during an extreme weather event. Do not assume that you will be informed or evacuated; in some locations, help may be hours away. You are responsible for your own safety—so stay informed.

  • Regularly check the Bureau of Meteorology, park alerts and local news.
  • If dangerous conditions are forecast, postpone your trip or change your destination.
  • When booking camping, make sure you provide current contact details so rangers can notify you of park closures.

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.

Tropical cyclones

  • Tropical cyclones produce destructive winds, heavy rainfall that causes flooding, and damaging storm surges.
  • Parks in the predicted path of a tropical cyclone will be closed to the public.
  • The unpredictable nature of cyclones may mean you are evacuated, but no cyclone eventuates.
  • Parks may remain closed after a cyclone until the area can be made safe again.

Floods

  • River and creek levels can rise suddenly and without warning—take note of warning signs on site.
  • Avoid driving or walking through floodwaters at all costs—if it’s flooded, forget it.
  • When a flood warning is issued, consider the most appropriate action and remember that flood-waters can take days or weeks to recede.

Severe storms and strong winds

  • Storms and strong winds can appear rapidly and without warning.
  • Seek shelter and avoid trees and powerlines.
  • Protect yourself from flying debris.

Fires

  • If planning a visit during fire season check all of these links before setting out.
  • Avoid entering the bush on days of severe, extreme or catastrophic fire danger, or if there is smoke or fire in the area. If smoke is seen, do not continue walking towards it.
  • Fires can happen anywhere at any time. On dry windy days if smoke is coming towards you, you are in immediate danger.
  • If caught near a fire while walking:
    • Immediately move to a safer place, such as rainforest, cleared or low fuel areas. Select a refuge from radiant heat, such as culverts, depressions, large rocks, or wheel ruts. Dams, rivers and running streams are a suitable refuge but DO NOT seek shelter in water tanks.
    • Use the remaining time to improve your refuge. Excavate a depression, mounding dirt on the side of the approaching fire. Clear all debris and fire fuel away from your refuge.
    • Keep an eye on the approaching fire.
    • Lay in the depression and cover yourself with a blanket (if available), earth or sand. This offers additional protection from radiant heat.

Tsunamis

  • A tsunami is a series of waves caused by disturbances in the ocean.
  • Tsunami warnings are categorised into three levels.
  • If you receive a warning, follow the instructions provided.

Want to know more?

Visit Disaster Management Queensland to find out more about what to do in extreme weather events.