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Know the Risks

Disasters and emergencies can strike anywhere, anytime and in many forms. Severe storms and bushfire are the most common events experienced in the South Burnett region.

Know the risks to help protect your family and property.

clouds, thunder


Thunderstorms can produce hail, wind gusts, flash floods, tornadoes, and, lightning which can cause death, injury and damage to property. Read more Cyclones and severe storms



You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke. For Queensland residents, that can be just about anywhere. Read more Bushfires

Flash flooding


Flash flooding is the most dangerous in terms of potential threat to loss of life and can result from relatively short, intense bursts of rainfall that can occur almost anywhere in Queensland. Read more Flood
heat, wave


A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat.  In Australia, excessive heat can vary from 37°C to 42°C. A heatwave occurs when there are a number of consecutive days with above-average temperature, often combined with high humidity. Read more Heatwave



Landslides usually involve the movement of large amounts of either earth, rock, sand or mud or any combination of these. Read more Landslides

A drought is a long, dry period when there is not enough water to meet people's needs. Droughts are extreme climatic events that can have long-lasting effects on people, plants and animals. Read more about Drought

Severe, storms


East Coast Lows are intense low-pressure systems which can produce high winds and heavy rainfall similar to a tropical cyclone though usually not as intense. Preparation for and response to East Coast Lows are the same as for Severe storm events.

An earthquake is a shaking of the Earth's crust. They strike without warning and vary greatly in severity. Earthquakes can be caused by:

  • underground volcanic forces
  • the breaking of rock under the Earth's surface
  • a sudden movement along an existing fault line.