Disaster Management

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the case of a life-threatening emergency call 000

​For Flood or Storm Emergencies call SES on 132 500

Like the rest of Australia, the Lockyer Valley is not immune to the threat of natural disasters such as bushfires, floods, heatwaves, landslides and severe weather. By actively preparing for disasters, you can help to minimise the potential impacts and threats these events pose.​  

Disaster Dashboard

The Disaster Dashboard provides up-to-date information on road closures, power outages, emergnecy news and links to key sites.

You can keep up to date with the latest road closures, power outages and much more by visiting our:

Bureau of Meteorology

 In addition to links on the Disaster Dashboard, the Bureau of Meteorology website contains a wide range of useful information including:

Early Warning Network

Residents of the Lockyer Valley are encouraged to join the Early Warning Network (EWN) to receive free warning alerts for severe thunderstorms, hail, destructive winds, cyclones and flooding. Residents can choose alerts via email, SMS to a mobile number or voice alerts on a landline when registering online.

Prepare for natural disasters

Get Ready Queensland

​Get Ready Queensland is about building our resilience to deal with the extreme weather and natural disasters that are a p​art of living in our state.​   For information and fact sheets to assist you with planning for disasters visit

The Get Ready Queensland Challenge is an educational game available online to help Queensland children and their families prepare for future disasters and severe weather. 

​​Get Ready Preparedness Checklists

​Disasters: Know Your Role

​​Everyone has a role to play in disasters – especially in preparing ourselves, our family and community. Do you know your role?​

​​Caring for Animals in Disasters

​Your animals and their wellbeing are your responsibility.  For more information click here​.

Flood Resilient Building

A new building guide has been developed to help Queenslanders strengthen their flood resilience at home. The Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes (Guide) is designed for use by home owners and the building industry to help reduce the effort, cost and time to return people to their homes and workplaces following floods.

Resilient building design not only reduces the physical and financial costs of natural disasters, but the social and emotional impacts as well. Investment in resilient homes can reduce the cost of damages to your home and contents, as well as costs associated with cleaning up, loss of work, loss of accommodation, insurance premiums and the social costs caused by emotional stress.

The Guide is non-mandatory and can be referred to when building a new home or upgrading an existing home. It aims to raise awareness of some of the key issues with living in flood prone areas by providing design and building advice to help minimise potential damages.

Investing in flood resilient measures at home is another way Queenslanders are working together to be the most disaster resilient state in Australia.

For more information visit www.qra.qld.gov.au/resilient-homes​​​

​Floodwater Safety

​Our summer storm season brings with it severe weather and the possibility of flash flooding.  

  • Don’t walk or play in floodwater.
  • Keep a close eye on children.
  • Don’t drive into floodwater

Many people who drown or need rescuing have either deliberately driven into floodwater or taken their vehicle into a potentially dangerous situation. Drivers should be aware of causeways or stormwater run-off areas. You should avoid these areas in your neighbourhood or places you are visiting. Take care choosing somewhere to park, as well. Never drive through floodwaters – find an alternative route or wait until the water level drops. Water deeper than the bottom of your car door is enough to float your vehicle away, or splash the engine and cause it to stall. Even gently-moving floodwater can wash away the road surface beneath. Speeding through water can cause loss of traction and aquaplaning, and can increase the risk of stalling the engine.​

Remember, if it's flooded, forget it!  For more information on preparing your 'Plan B', check out the Queensland Government's floodwater safety website.


Sandbags can be purchased from some local hardware stores or landscaping suppliers. We recommend checking with hardware stores and landscaping suppliers for availability.

It is best to be prepared and purchase your own sandbags before  flood events as when significant flooding is occurring, sandbags may be in limited supply.   

During times of significant flooding, Council may make sand and empty sand bags available for community members to come along and fill their own bags.   Council will make public announcements through the media if they are making sand and sand bags available.

During flooding, if you are unable to attain and place sandbags due to physical limitations (e.g.​ person with a disability) then a request for assistance to the SES may be made.  If you require SES assistance call 132 500.

For information on sandbags click on this Sandbags​ link. 

Stormwater Control

For information regarding the best course of action to take, your responsibility, and Council's responsibility, please view the Stormwater Control Factsheet.

Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP)

An NSP is a local open space or building where people may gather, as a last resort, to seek shelter from a bushfire. Use of an NSP may be your contingency plan when:

  • Your Bushfire Survival Plan has failed.
  • Your plan was to stay but the extent of the fire means that your home cannot withstand the impact of the fire and therefore your home is not a safe place to shelter.
  • The fire has escalated to an `extreme` or `catastrophic` level and voluntary evacuation is your safest option.

Neighbourhood Safer Place locations in the Lockyer Valley are;

  • Laidley Cultural Centre, 3 Laidley Plainland Road North Laidley
  • Laidley Football Field, Anzac Park Corner of Edward Street and Patrick Street, Laidley
  • Murphy's Creek Grounds, Dodt's Road Murphy's Creek.​

Register with 'Register. Find.Reunite'​

During emergency situations or disasters, the Register. Find. Reunite. system may be launched by the Australian Red Cross.. Register Find Reunite allows our community to register, find and reunite family, friends and loved ones after an emergency or disaster event.  Residents who have evacuated are encouraged to register their name and whereabouts.  Visit the Register.Find.Reunite website for more information.​

Local Disaster Management Group 

The Lockyer Valley Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG)  is a committee of senior representatives from Council, State and other agencies with the necessary expertise or experience and delegated authority to assist with a comprehensive, all hazards, all agencies approach to disaster management.

The LDMG coordinates the response and recovery for the impacts caused by disasters that affect our community.

Lockyer Valley Local Disaster​ Management Plan​

T​he Local Disaster Management Plan is prepared by the Local Disaster Management Group for the Lockyer Valley under the provisions of Section 57(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2003.  

To view the plan, click the link below.

Helpful links:

For more details contact Lockyer Valley Regional Council on 1300 005 872
Page reviewed: 14 Dec 2020 11:12am