Prepare your household, business and property

Prepare your pets

  • Include animals in your emergency and evacuation planning including water, dry food and litter where required.
  • Properly identify your animals in advance; micro-chipping, registering with Mackay Regional Council and the placement of tags on animals and ID bands are all ways of doing this.  For large animals contact details can be taped to a neck collar.  Also keep photo ID of your pet in case they do become separated from you.  Keep notes regarding identifying markings.
  • Ensure that your animals are vaccinated especially for anything that is prolific in the wet season.
  • Ensure you have a crate/cage suitable for relocating your pet if necessary.
  • Large animals that are outdoors should not be housed in any building that may harm the animal if the building is affected by storm damage or by the animal panicking.
  • Do not place rugs or halters on animals as these can get caught up in fences and debris.
  • Keep a list of emergency contact details applicable to your animal with your other important numbers in your emergency kit.
  • Keep a First Aid kit for your animals.  Generally standard first aid procedure applies.
  • Be aware that some rescue services and evacuation centres may not accept your animals.  Wherever possible make alternative arrangements.

Act Early

  • If you need to relocate your animals do so early to avoid unnecessary risk.
  • Ensure your animals have access to food and water.
  • If staying at home, secure animals like dogs and cats in good time so that they do not take flight.

Be Considerate

  • Animals (especially cats) can be comforted by being covered and isolated as much as possible during an event.
  • If you have pets that you have to leave behind;
  • Leave your pets indoors
  • Place pets in rooms with small or no windows
  • Place appropriate amounts of food and water in large heavy bowls
  • If animals have to be left outside do not tie them up.

Act Safe

  • Your safety and that of your families is paramount
  • Do not risk human life trying to protect your pets.

Written with the assistance of Dr Rachel Tong BVSc., Walkerston Vestiary Clinic and Emergency Management Australia.

Preparing your Business

Business continuity planning involves developing
a practical plan for how your business can
prepare for, and continue to operate after an
incident or crisis (e.g. natural disasters,
computer problems, staffing issues).


Did you know that Council has Emergency Sand Stockpiles located around the region that the public can obtain sand for use in an emergency to fill their own sandbags to protect their property from flooding. We are encouraging residents to become more self reliant with the stockpiles available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • North Mackay - Norris Rd reserve (PCYC end)
  • West Mackay – 374 Shakespeare Street (beside the 122 Army Cadet Buildings)
  • West Mackay – Hume Street, Entrance to Council Depot Complex
  • South Mackay – Mackay Stadium Gravel overflow carpark on Leisure Street off Bridge Road)
  • Mirani - Corner Victoria & Augusta Streets
  • Sarina - Brewers Road SES Facility
  • Campwin Beach – 103 Campwin Beach Road SES Facility
  • Finch Hatton – 17 Letchford Street, SES Facility
  • Grasstree Beach – 40 Zelma Street, Combined Emergency Services Facility
  • Koumala – Bull Street, SES Facility
  • Midge Point – 1503 Midge Point Road – SES Facility

Residents are reminded that they should take along a shovel or something to assist them in filling their own sandbags.

Sandbags may be purchased from most hardware stores.

Council will only issue sandbags during a declared disaster event.

Alternatives to Sandbags

Council has produced the following document as an alternative to sandbags.