To stay up to date with the latest evacuations and changing conditions across QLD, visit the QLD Fire and Emergency (QLDFE) website. If you're in a flood-prone area, ensure you're well across potential threats early - and know what you to do if you're required to evacuate.

Sonder sends out regular notifications to members who we detect may be impacted by extreme weather events including cyclones and floods - please ensure you enable location sharing and push notifications from Sonder. This way, we'll be able to support you in a timely and effective way.

School closures

The Queensland Department of Education has announced the following schools will be closed due to the severe weather:

Know the difference between flood warnings, evacuation warnings and evacuation orders

  • Flood Watch is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and provides a 'heads up' that flooding is likely.

  • Flood Warning is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and warns a community of flooding at a predicted height, time and location.

  • Flood Bulletin is issued by the QLD SES, QLDFE, local council or police to warn a community of flooding at a predicted height, time and location and the expected risks, impacts, consequences and the safest actions to take.

  • Evacuation Warning is issued by the QLD SES, QLDFE, local council or police to warn a community of the potential to evacuate properties, risks to life and property and the safest actions to take.

  • Evacuation Order is issued by the QLD SES, QLDFE, local council or police to immediately evacuate at risk sections of the community from a flood threatened area and advises the safest actions to take.

  • All Clear is issued by the QLD SES, QLDFE, local council or police to advise the evacuated community that it is safe for people to return to the area and any residual risks.

Monitor your flood situation

You may not always receive an official warning before floods begin to impact you, therefore it is important to be aware of the flood situation in your local area.


Monitor the local situation by personally witnessing the height and rate at which floodwaters are rising; maintaining contact with other people in your local community, through trusted social media channels, and local radio stations to receive and share updates on the flood situation. You can also monitor on the Bureau of Meteorology's website and through the telephone weather warnings service. Flood Warnings and Flood Watches in most States are available on the Bureau of Meteorology’s recorded message service. Charges apply.

Monitor the likelihood of flash flooding

Severe Weather Warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology warn of the possibility of flash flooding.

When flash flooding is likely, leaving low-lying homes and businesses (evacuation) well before flash flooding begins is the best action to take, but only if it is safe to do so. If you are trapped by rising floodwater, seek refuge in the highest part of a sturdy building. Stay there and call '000' (triple zero) if you need rescue.

**Don’t walk or drive through floodwaters – this is the main cause of death and injury during flooding**


If you have any questions or concerns, our team is here for you at all times of day and night. We can give you advice on what to do if you're evacuated, find you medical support and more.

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