Preparing for Evacuation

If you live in an area prone to flood, bushfire or other natural disasters, plan now for evacuation to save time and stress in the event an emergency.  The potential need to evacuate may happen at short notice. 

In the event of an emergency situation, everyone has a responsibility for their own personal safety.  Monitor conditions and warnings and take action when needed.  

Do I stay or go?

People may choose to leave early based on forecasted conditions.   If you plan to leave early, then you must leave your home well before the disaster threatens and travelling by road becomes hazardous.

Types of Evacuation


This is your self-initiated decision to move to a safer place.

Voluntary evacuation  

An individual can choose to self-evacuate prior to a directed evacuation. Exposed persons who may be impacted by an impending hazard are encouraged to commence evacuation voluntarily.

Directed evacuation 

Exposed persons or animal owners are directed under legislation to evacuate an exposed area or part of the area .

Animals and evacuation

Animals are your responsibility, even during an emergency or disaster.  Visit Caring for Animals in Emergencies for further information to assist with planning for evacuation with animals.

Where can I go? 

Shelter in Place if safe to so 

Depending on the severity of the disaster event, the warnings from authorities and the condition of the structure you are in, sheltering in place may be the safest option for you.   If you live in a well constructed home not directly impacted by the impacts of the disaster, your best option is to plan and prepare to shelter in place in your home with your family, friends and pets. Plan what you will do if the circumstances change posing a risk to you and your family's safety.    

Evacuate to Shelter in a Safer Place   

If you are potentially at risk, your best option is to prearrange your evacuation so you can shelter in a safer place, such as:

  • Sheltering with family or friends is strongly encouraged when you cannot 'shelter in place'. Pre-arrange to shelter with family or friends in a safer place away from trom the immediate or potential effects of the hazard.  
  • This should be your first evacuation solution. In commercial accommodation (such as a motel) in another outside the warning or impacted area.

Place of refuge

This is a short term place to shelter or take refuge as the effects of the disaster unfold, such as a shopping centre, school building or other commercial building.

Meet at an assembly point

Assembly points are also considered a safer location. An assembly point is a temporarily designated location specifically selected as a point which is not anticipated to be adversely affected by the hazard. Assembly points are often utilised as a means of gathering evacuees prior to their coordinated movement other evacuation facilities.

​Seeking refuge at an evacuation centre should be your a last resort as they are not a resort.

Evacuation centres may be open as a place of last resort to provide emergency shelter.  If an evacuation centre is being opened in Lockyer Valley, the location will be communicated through Council's media channels.  ​

Page reviewed: 05 Jan 2021 7:12pm