Disaster awareness

EAGEmergency Action Guide

To assist residents in preparing for disasters the Mackay Regional Council has produced an Emergency Action Guide.

A copy of the Emergency Action Guide may be obtained either from any of the three Customer Service Centres (Mackay, Sarina or Mirani) or from any library (City, Gordon White, Walkerston, Sarina or Mirani).

Emergency KitBe prepared – have an Emergency Kit

Prepare your Emergency Kit

Your Emergency Kit is a collection of essential items that provides for your household's essential needs in the event of emergencies like storms, floods and cyclones and other disaster events.

Your kit should be kept in a sturdy, easy to carry bag or waterproof storage box and stored in a safe place that is easy to access.

The contents of your kit should allow you and your family to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 3 to 4 days (preferably 5-7 days in rural areas).

You should regularly rotate the items in your Emergency Kit by replacing older items with new items. The tip is to think of it as your second pantry.

A disaster event can happen at any time of the year, so always have an Emergency Kit prepared.

Prepare your household for evacuation

All residents should prepare an Evacuation Kit, have an Evacuation Plan and be prepared to evacuate, if ordered.

Not all disasters are limited to low-lying coastal areas or areas that have experienced flooding; however residents living in these areas should be especially prepared.

If you were asked to leave your home now – do you know where you would go.  Have you got friends and relatives that live on higher ground or in a different suburb that may not be affected?  Now is the time to give the matter some thought and to make arrangements.

Residents are should prepare a list of items that they would need if evacuated and start to assemble the items in a sturdy, easy to carry bag or waterproof storage box and store in a safe place that is easy to access.

Riverine Flooding

The Mackay region is susceptible to riverine flooding, particularly during the summer storm season from October to May.  Riverine flooding occurs when a river bursts its banks. It is uncommon, but residents are encouraged to be aware of river flood heights.

Flood Hazard Overlay Maps have been designed to provide an indication of the areas most likely to be affected if a large or very large flood event was to occur in the region.

These maps are different to the Storm Tide Inundation maps, contained in the Emergency Action Guide.

The dark blue areas indicate the likely affected areas of a 1 in 100 year flood event was to occur, meaning it would be a large and uncommon flood event that is rarely observed but still possible.

The light blue areas indicate the likely affected areas if a one in 500 years’ flood was to occur. This would be a very large and unlikely flood event, but still possible to occur.  Some parts of Mackay experienced this level of flooding during the 2008 flood event.

For a more in depth version of the maps, visit MiMaps and select the Riverine Flood extent tab and then click on the Riverine Inundation box.

Rural Fires

Prepare-Act-SurviveYour Fire is Your Responsibility

Every year a small number of fires costs the Queensland community dearly. Some of these fires escape from smaller fires that were lit for good reasons. If people are more careful with fire the loss and damage to possessions, property and the environment can be greatly reduced.   The information in this section will help you understand the Fire Warden and Permit to Light Fire System, the process you need to follow for lighting a fire outdoors and your responsibilities.

Surviving a Bushfire

Prepare, Act, Survive is designed to help you make the right decisions, depending on your home, environment and personal circumstances.

The decision to stay and protect your home, or to evacuate, is up to you in most cases. It is important you assess your resources, preventative actions, capabilities, weather conditions and safety before making a decision.  You will need to assume you may be without any assistance from the Fire Services, dependant on the event.

Your main priority is to ensure that you and your family are safe.  During a bushfire you and your family's survival and safety depend on your preparations, preventative actions, capabilities and the decisions you make.

The lives of you and your family are more important than any (building) material possessions.

Whether your plan is to leave early or stay, you must prepare your home and property to increase their level of resilience and your chances of survival.

If requested by the authorities to evacuate your residence, you should follow the evacuation procedures in the Emergency Action Guide (link) and in your Evacuation Plan.

Evacuate immediately when advised by Police or Fire Service or other Emergency Services.

For more information about Rural Fires

Middle Creek Dam

Dams provide many benefits to our region, but can also pose a potential risk to those living downstream in the event of an emergency or failure.

A safety information kit has been developed to provide you with all you need to know about emergency preparedness living downstream of Middle Creek Dam.

Please take the time to read this kit and store it where it is easy to access.

Middle Creek Dam Safety Information Kit 2017