Brochures and Videos

Access to key information is critical leading up to, during and following disaster events. On this page, we have included some important documents and links to useful websites, which can help you to make informed decisions and protect yourself, your family and your home in the event that a disaster affects the local area.

Council Resources

Council is committed to educating staff and residents about these natural dangers and has developed a number of resources with various tips on preparing for disaster events.

Resource NameDescription
Disaster Dashboard Council has developed a public-facing platform that acts as a one-stop shop for essential information about the local area in times of disaster.  By providing easy access to up-to-date information (e.g. road closures, weather updates, school closures, emergency warnings, etc.), this dashboard provides situational awareness to the general community.
Emergency Action Guide This guide focuses on all types of natural disasters. Do not wait for a disaster to happen before you think about how you and your family are going to survive.
Get Ready Townsville Guide This guide will assist you in preparing your family, animals and home for the North Queensland summer, including preparing an emergency kit and ensuring you have evacuation plans in place.
Household Emergency Plan Template This template will assist you and your family in determining what you will do and where you will go if you are required to evacuate in the event of a disaster or emergency situation.
Emergency Kit Checklist This checklist provides tips for what to include in your emergency kit to ensure you, your family and pets have enough supplies to last at least three (3) days without assistance.
Bushfires - staying safe and healthy in smoky conditions This factsheet from Queensland Health will assist in knowing how to keep yourself safe and healthy in smoky conditions is critical during a bushfire. Smoke from bushfires can affect your health and may, in some instances, be fatal. 
Bushfires - staying safe during clean up This factsheet from Queensland Health will provide information on protecting you and your family’s health must be a key priority following a bushfire. Houses, sheds and other buildings or structures burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health hazards in the remaining rubble, ash and debris.
Bushfire and Roof-Harvested Rainwater This factsheet from Queensland Health will provide guidance to assist residents in maintaining the quality of water stored in their rainwater tanks.
Pets in Cyclones Fact Sheet This factsheet provides tips for including pets in your family emergency plans, as well as considerations for a pet disaster kit.
Shelters & Evacuation Options Guide This brochure will assist you in developing a household emergency plan that includes evacuation and shelter considerations based on your circumstances and exposure to risk.
Storm Tide Evacuation Guide This guide will assist you in determining if your property is at risk of inundation from a storm tide and whether evacuation is required. If you are not required to evacuate, your home is often the safest place for you.
Storm Tide Evacuation Maps by Suburb These detailed suburb maps will assist you in determining if your property is at risk of inundation from a storm tide and whether evacuation is required. If you are not required to evacuate, your home is often the safest place for you.
Tsunami Evacuation Guide This guide will assist you in determining if your property is at risk of inundation from a tsunami and if evacuation to higher ground is required.
When Bully-wind Bob Comes to Town This e-book is designed to teach school-aged children about what to expect in a cyclone and what they can do to prepare themselves and their families.
Get Ready for Cyclones Activity Book This booklet is designed as an easy-to-read and interactive guide for people who have complex communication needs or intellectual disability.
Disaster Information Video – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Version This educational brochure complements the Disaster information video and communicates with Townsville’s Indigenous communities through the use of illustrations and plain English.
Disaster Information Video - Migrant Version This educational video is designed to assist Townsville’s migrant communities to better prepare for cyclone season.
Disaster Stories video North Queensland residents share their experiences with natural disasters, including tips on how to best prepare for a storm.
Food Safety for Businesses Disasters such as power outage or flooding can have a significant impact on food safety, and have the potential to spread foodborne illness if not managed well. This information sheet provides advice on what to do if your food business has been flooded or lost power.
Food Safety for Residents Food that has come in contact with contaminated flood or storm water or that has not been refrigerated for a long period of time can be a risk for you and your family following a disaster. It is important that you take action to prevent your family from becoming ill. This information sheet provides advice on how you can minimise the risk of food contamination after a disaster.
Public shelter options in disasters There are two types of public shelter options available in a disaster. One shelter option is to keep you safe while a disaster is happening (places of refuge and the public cyclone shelter). The other shelter option provides shelter after a disaster if you cannot return to your home (evacuation centres).
Asbestos in a disaster Houses built before 1990 are likely to contain asbestos. Asbestos can have dangerous health effects, but it is safe if handled correctly.
Health advice on water In the aftermath of a disaster, the supply of drinking water, private water supplies, tanks, wells and bores may be contaminated or stopped all together.
Mould and your health Mould is a type of fungi that lives on plant and animal matter. Mould grows best in damp and poorly ventilated areas, and reproduces by making spores.

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External Resources

Below are links to documents and videos produced by other agencies that provide helpful tips on preparing yourself, your home and/or your business for disaster events.


Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Crisis Counselling
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
Financial Assistance
People with Disability
Recovery after a disaster
Storm Tide
Tropical Cyclone

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Useful Links