Prepare your business

Careful planning is the most effective way to reduce the impacts of a disaster.

Follow our 10 tips to prepare your business:

  1. Identify possible risks to your business.
  2. Develop a business continuity plan.
  3. Check that your insurance is adequate.
  4. Have a list of emergency phone numbers.
  5. Prepare an emergency kit.
  6. Develop an evacuation plan.
  7. Ensure you have enough stock available.
  8. Establish like-for-like help arrangements with other local businesses.
  9. Check your building and ensure it is in sound condition.
  10. Ensure your critical documentation is secure and backed up.

Business continuity planning

Creating a business continuity plan will help prepare your business and reduce the impact of a disaster.

To help you create a business continuity plan, you can:

Tourism and accommodation providers

We have developed a guide to help tourism operators plan for, respond to and recover from disasters.

A disaster plan will help your business and your visitors during disasters.

For more information, please download the Disaster preparedness for tourism and accommodation providers guide (PDF 1.74 MB).

Community centres

We have developed a guide to help community centres plan for, respond to and recover from disasters.

A disaster plan will help community centres to support their communities to recover from a disaster.

For more information, please download the Disaster preparedness and community recovery: A guide for community centres (PDF 5.63 MB).

Staff preparedness

To help prepare your staff to respond during a disaster:

  • register for Logan Early Warning to receive alerts about dangerous weather and bushfires in your area
  • keep staff informed about the situation
  • have a list of tasks to do before, during and after a disaster and make sure you review it regularly
  • make an evacuation plan for your business. Test and review the plan regularly to make sure all staff are aware of it
  • work out primary and secondary evacuation routes and exits.
  • have a list of emergency phone numbers, including staff contacts.

Stock and equipment

Plan the stock and equipment your business will need during a disaster:

  • make sure you have enough stock on hand to supply your business and customers after a disaster
  • identify where equipment and vehicles can moved to and protected
  • keep enough spare parts on site to make sure equipment remains operational
  • plan for power cuts and move perishable stock to an alternative location
  • get a generator, if applicable, and fuel to keep your business running during a power cut
  • set up arrangements with other local businesses to support each other during and after a disaster.


Consider whether your infrastructure is well prepared:

  • check your building and make sure it is in good condition, especially the roof and eaves
  • trim overhanging branches, and clear out gutters and downpipes
  • remove rubbish near your building.
  • clear your property of loose items that could cause damage if blown around in strong winds
  • treat windows to reduce the damage from flying debris e.g. tape windows or fit them with metal screens or shutters.


To prepare for a disaster:

  • make sure that your insurance can cover your business in the event of a disaster
  • check with your insurance company whether there are any specific preparations you need to make before extreme weather
  • regularly review and update your insurance, especially when your business grows or changes.

Business documentation and records

Be aware of the documentation you may need after a disaster:

  • keep insurance, financial, legal and identification documents in a portable, waterproof container
  • back up your critical data to a portable storage device and store it in a secure location or use cloud storage
  • identify what data is important to keep and what you need to recover to make sure your business can operate.

For more information, please visit the Queensland Government’s Preparing your business for natural disasters website.