Natural disasters

Cairns Alert test

On Monday 12 October, Council will test the Cairns Alert emergency messaging system.

If you have subscribed to Cairns Alert you will receive a text (SMS) message and email from us.

You do not need to do anything.

The test will ensure that the alert system is working properly and allow us to check the database to update or remove inaccurate contact details.

If you have subscribed to Cairns Alert and don't receive your text message or email, please log-in to the Cairns Alert portal to check your details.

More information on the test

The Cairns region is a beautiful, tropical area that is vulnerable to natural disasters. We are cyclone and flood prone. We're neighbours to an old volcanic landscape in the Tablelands. We live very close to the sea and extensive areas of bush. There is one main road in and out.

So it's important to be ready should a disaster occur.

This means:

  • Knowing the risks
  • Preparing your property before the cyclone season
  • Having an emergency plan for yourself, your family and your pets
  • Having an emergency kit with at least 3 days of supplies
  • Knowing your evacuation routes

We encourage residents and visitors to follow the Plan. Pack. Listen approach.

Plan: Make an emergency plan

Pack: Pack an emergency kit

Listen: Stay informed

During an emergency this page is replaced with the Cairns Disaster Dashboard.

The dashboard collates real-time information from Council, emergency services and utilities such as Ergon and Telstra, we well as showing evacuation routes, any shelters that are opened, storm surge maps and links to information to help you be prepared for a disaster.

You can use the Cairns Disaster Dashboard year round to see traffic and flood cams, be aware of hazards such as fires and road closures.

Residents can also register for Cairns Alert to receive important information via email or text message.

Plan

A cyclone, food or other disaster will hopefully never affect you. But it's best to be prepared so you know what to do if an emergency happens. Read more

Pack

If an emergency occurs, you need to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This list will help you prepare your household emergency kit. Read more

Listen

Listen to your radio, follow developments on social media and check this website for information before, during and after an emergency Read more

Cyclones

Cyclones are a part of life in the tropics. Know what to do if a cyclone is imminent. Read more

Storm surge

If you are in a storm surge inundation zone you may be advised to evacuate. Determine if you are in a storm surge zone and plan your evacuation route. Read more

Flooding

The Cairns region can be subject to flooding due to heavy rainfall. This shouldn't be confused with storm surge associated with a cyclone. Read more

Wild fire

Information and advice on what to do during a wildfire. Read more

Landslide

Information and advice on what to do in a landslip. Read more

Earthquake

Information and advice on what to do in the event of an earthquake. Read more

Tsunami

Unlike popular belief, tsunamis can impact the Far North. Read more

Copperlode Falls Dam Emergency Action Plan

As the Copperlode Falls Dam owner, Council is required under Queensland law to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Read more

Tools

Some handy tools to help you understand natural disasters and prepare your household and property. Read more

Contacts

Keep yourself up to date before, during and after an emergency through radio, tv, social media and web services. Read more

Accessible & multi-lingual information

Preparing for Cyclone guides have been prepared in different formats and languages to ensure everyone in the Cairns area can be prepared for an emergency. Read more

Living With Water

The Living With Water project collects stories of flooding of the Barron River as a way of learning from experience so we can be better prepared for future flooding. Read more

Cairns Resilient Businesses Network

Join the Cairns Resilient Business network and be prepared for any disaster. Read more
Cairns Alert

Register for disaster and emergency alerts via email or text message (SMS) More

Cairns Disaster Dashboard

The Cairns Disaster Dashboard collates crucial information from Council, emergency services, utilities such as Ergon and Telstra, road status updates, and traffic and flood cams to provide a single point of reference during a disaster. More

Cyclones

Cyclones are a part of life in the tropics. Know what to do if a cyclone is imminent. More

Storm surge

If you are in a storm surge inundation zone you may be advised to evacuate. Determine if you are in a storm surge zone and plan your evacuation route. More

Flooding

Flooding in Cairns can happen without there being a cyclone. Heavy rain or severe storms can cause flooding at any time of the year. More

Earthquake

Information and advice on what to do in the event of an earthquake. More

Wild fire

Wildfires do happen in the Far North. Be prepared with information and tips on what to do if a wildfire approaches. More

Tsunami

Unlike popular belief, tsunamis can impact the Far North. More

Landslide

Information and advice on what to do in a landslip. More

Plan

A cyclone, food or other disaster will hopefully never affect you. But it's best to be prepared so you know what to do if an emergency happens. More

Pack

If an emergency occurs, you need to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This list will help you prepare your household emergency kit. More

Listen

Listen to your radio, follow developments on social media and check this website for information before, during and after an emergency More

Contacts

Keep yourself up to date before, during and after an emergency through radio, tv, social media and web services. More

Tools

Some handy tools to help you understand natural disasters and prepare your household and property. More

Accessible information

Preparing for Cyclone guides have been prepared in different formats and languages to ensure everyone in the Cairns area can be prepared for an emergency. More

Living With Water

The Living With Water project collects stories of flooding of the Barron River as a way of learning from experience so we can be better prepared for future flooding. More

Be ready, Cairns

The "Be Ready, Cairns - preparing for natural disasters" booklet provides information on the types of emergency situations that can affect Cairns and tips on how to be prepared. More

Copperlode Emergency Action Plan

As the Copperlode Falls Dam owner, Council is required under Queensland law to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). More

Cairns Resilient Businesses Network

Join the Cairns Resilient Business network and be prepared for any disaster. More

Disaster Coordination Centre (when the Centre is activated)

Telephone 4044 3377

Disaster Management Unit

PO Box 359
Cairns QLD 4870 Australia
Ph 1300 69 22 47 (1300 MYCAIRNS)

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Last updated: 29 October 2020