Natural Disasters / Emergency Volunteering

Disasters can devastate communities.  Prepare yourself and your home so you are better prepared in an emergency.

You’ll see them all the time; people who have left it too late to get ready and are relying on the SES for help. By preparing ourselves better before disaster hits, we can help take the strain off the SES and let them focus on those who need help the most.

There’s lots of ways you can Get Ready, but the easiest way is to sign up to One Step at a Time – a weekly personalised online program that gives you a simple task to tick off every week. In 51 weeks, you’ll be ready for anything. You can register here.

Or for help with preparing an Emergency Kit and Evacuation Plan right now, download the Get Ready fact sheets at


Queensland disasters and alerts  

Bureau of Meteorology – storm warnings

Bureau of Meteorology – cyclone warnings

Triple Zero (000) for life threatening emergencies.

132 500 for SES storm and flood emergency assistance.

13 HEALTH – 13 43 25 84

Traffic and travel – 13 19 40

Volunteering Queensland: Emergency Volunteering


After a disaster taking care of your mental health is important. The beyondblue website, provides information about caring for your health and well being after a natural disaster.


It is important for those dealing with natural disasters and recovery to have access to appropriate services.

Australian Psychological Society: 1800 333 497 (to find a psychologist)

beyondblue Information Line: 1300 22 4636

Centrelink: 132 300

Disaster Recovery Hotline: 1800 173 349

Insurance Council of Australia: 1300 728 228

Lifeline 24 hour crisis line: 13 11 14

Queensland Government General Enquiries and Assistance: 13 74 68 (13 QGOV)

RSPCA Qld Call Centre: 07 3426 9999

Rural Mental Health Support Line: 1800 201 123

Seniors Enquiry Line: 1300 135 500

St Vincent de Paul Society: 1300 633 343

Volunteering Queensland: 07 3002 7600

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