Types of disasters

Our subtropical climate and diverse landscape means our city is vulnerable to natural disasters. Disasters can happen any time of the year. Some of the most common hazards are:

  • bushfires
  • floods
  • heatwaves
  • landslides
  • severe weather (storms, cyclones, east coast lows).

You should understand your risk, prepare for disasters and take action to minimise the potential impacts on your family, pets and home.

The Bureau of Meteorology provides a monthly climate outlook on their website. The outlook includes information on the likelihood of the next three months being wetter, drier, warmer or cooler than usual. You can view the information in many different formats, including as maps and videos.