Local Disaster Management Local Disaster Management

Local Disaster Management Groups  (LDMG) manage the response to a disaster at a local level. The Hinchinbrook Shire LDMG is chaired by the Mayor and the Local Government Chief Executive Officer is the Local Disaster Coordinator of the Committee. Local Disaster Management Groups develop and maintain Local Disaster Management Plans for their Shire. The Local Disaster Management Group is best placed to decide what resources are needed, when they are needed, and how best to apply such resources so as to minimise hardship and suffering.

During responses to disasters, the Hinchinbrook Local Disaster Management Group will operate a Disaster Information Service via this website, to help provide more detailed information to both locals and their families outside of the Hinchinbrook Shire.
The Hinchinbrook Local Disaster Management Group will also be assisted by Local Area Wardens for each community of the Shire. The Wardens will be the eyes and ears of the LDMG during events to help them make the best decisions possible.


Click here to view Hinchinbrook Shire Local Disaster Management Plan 


Be Prepared for the Storm and Cyclone Season Be Prepared for the Storm and Cyclone Season

Living in the tropics carries with it the responsibility of always being prepared for tropical storms and cyclones.

The SES Get Ready Guide enforces the importance of preparation and encourages residents to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies by following the 4 steps below:
1. Preparing your Household Emergency Plan
2. Preparing your Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit
3. Preparing your Home
4. Tune into Warnings
The SES Get Ready Guide is available on the Emergency Queensland website http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au
Prepare your Emergency Kit
The following is a checklist to assist in preparing your Emergency Kit, which should contain:
  • Portable radio with fresh spare batteries
  • Torch, fuel lamp, candles and matches
  • Non-perishable food, (3 days supply) plus can opener, self contained cooking gear, plates & utensils
  • Clean water in sealed containers, spare water containers (10L per person is recommended to last 3 days)
  • Cold & wet weather clothing eg. jumper, waterproof jacket, hat & gloves per person, essential spare clothes
  • Medical & sanitation supplies to last at least 14 days
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Knife, whistle, duct/masking tape, and plastic (garbage) bags
  • Tarpaulin and blankets
  • Pet food, water bowls & other pet needs
Ensure all members of the household are familiar with the Emergency Kit and that contents are checked regularly.
For a comprehensive list please refer to the Emergency Management Queensland website http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au
During a natural disaster alert:
  • Tune into your portable radio constantly
  • Batten down the house
  • Secure doors
  • Board or tape windows
  • Secure outdoor furniture
  • Secure loose articles inside
  • Disconnect electrical appliances
  • Lock up pets
  • Fill water containers
  • Fuel car and place under cover
  • Remain indoors with your emergency kit; and
  • Unless advised otherwise, remember that the safest shelter is in your home.


Be aware of shelter and evacuation options for residents in the Hinchinbrook Shire.


The Hinchinbrook Shire Council ‘Emergency Pantry List’ provides residents with important information and advice on how to ensure your household has an adequate supply of food, water and essential items to cope with a prolonged emergency situation.

Preparing for emergencies ensures that you and your family can manage if affected by a cyclone or flood – it’s the smart thing to do!

Download your copy of the EMERGENCY PANTRY LIST.

Important Contacts Important Contacts

Life Threatening Emergencies
(Police, Ambulance, Fire)                    000
SES Assistance                                   132 500
Road Information                                131 940
Hinchinbrook Shire Council                4776 4600
Emergency Queensland/SES            www.emergency.qld.gov.au
Bureau of Meteorology                      www.bom.gov.au
Traffic Management Centre               www.131940.qld.gov.au
Hinchinbrook Shire Council               www.hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au