The Queensland Government expects that you will be able to look after yourself for up to 72 hours, without official external help.

As we saw during 2011, with 75% of Queensland a disaster-declared area, sometimes the scale of the disaster is simply too great. The government and emergency services simply can't help everyone at once.

This in itself, is a good enough reason to prepare. On top of this is the fact that the rate and scale of natural disasters is increasing (see graph to the right). Queenslanders are already twice as likely to experience natural disasters compared with people in other states of Australia.

Harden Up is a great resource to find out what disasters have affected your suburb over the last 150 years, and it also takes a look at what could happen over the next 100. 

Don't be alarmed, here are a few small steps...

Whilst contemplating a disaster coming your way can be scary, there are a number of easy, simple steps you can take to minimise your risk. In fact, disaster preparedness could take about the same time as it takes you to do a load of laundry.

The best starting place is the Disaster Readiness Index as it gives you a score based on how prepared you currently are and it provides customised steps for where you should start your preparedness journey. 

You're prepared, what next... 

Talk about it! Find out why a prepared community is safer than simply a prepared individual.