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Know your emergency warning systems

QUEENSLAND residents can stay safe in a disaster by familiarising themselves with emergency warning systems, including websites and telephone systems.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) regional director for the north coast Peter Twomey said everyone could obtain information by tuning in, logging on, listening out and taking action.

"When a warning is issued residents may be directed to finalise their preparations and secure items around their home, activate their emergency plan, shelter in place or even evacuate to their predetermined safer location," Mr Twomey said.

"The first step residents should take is to tune in to their local radio and television station to listen for warnings, weather updates and local community announcements."

Log on to the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather warnings, the Queensland Disaster Management website or your local council website for details of the emergency evacuation centres and routes and to discover what help is available.

The Standard Emergency Warning signal or Emergency Alert might be broadcast on TV and radio.

Residents might also receive a warning through Emergency Alert, a warning system that sent a message to your home phone or mobile and emergency services personnel might also use sirens and loud-hailer announcements or even door-knock homes.

Mr Twomey said it was important to act quickly on the advice provided, ensure all householders were aware of the warnings and advice provided and check on neighbours and friends who might have special needs.

"Activate your emergency plan, locate your emergency kit and activate your emergency evacuation plans if required," Mr Twomey said.

Key contacts during disaster

Bureau of Meteorology website - www.bom.gov.au

Queensland Disaster Management website - www.disaster.qld.gov.au

Local council websites - www.qldcouncils.com.au

For more information on Bureau of Meteorology warnings phone:

Queensland Tropical Cyclone Warnings - 1300 659 212

Queensland Land Weather and Flood Warnings - 1300 659 219

Queensland Coastal Marine Warnings - 1300 360 427

Australian Tsunami Threat Information - (1300 TSUNAMI) 1300 878 6264

Queensland General Warnings (call costs apply) - 1900969922


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