While the Gold Coast is renowned for its sunny weather – we average around 300 days of sunshine per year – our city is not averse to natural disasters and extreme weather events.
Over its brief history, the Gold Coast has seen its fair share of cyclones, severe floods, storms, bushfires and heat waves.
In February 1954, the Great Gold Coast Cyclone is said to have killed up to 30 people when it crossed the coast as a Category Two system at Coolangatta. It brought with it destructive winds and almost one metre of rain.
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The Gold Coast copped a huge pounding again in January 1967 with Cyclone Dinah. The Nerang River burst its banks, while huge surf caused widespread damage from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta.
In 1974, a number of tropical cyclones battered the region, including Cyclone Wanda, Cyclone Zoe, and Cyclone Pam, with destructive winds, flooding and damaging surf.
The city also experienced plenty of extreme weather in 2010 and 2011, thanks to successive La Niña events.
However it’s not just cyclones and wet weather events that threaten the Gold Coast, with bushfires ripping through our hinterland regions in 2019 and earlier this year.
See rare footage and photos of severe weather events to impact the Gold Coast in the video below. Images featured are courtesy of the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.
With storm season already underway, and the high likelihood of a wet summer due to La Niña, it’s imperative Gold Coasters get an emergency kit and emergency plan prepared.
An emergency kit is essential, and should include everything you and your family would need to survive if you lost access to drinking water, power, the internet and other services for up to three days.
Some important items to include are:
- bottled water
- tinned food
- a torch with spare batteries
- a portable phone charger
- a battery radio also with spare batteries
- a medical kit
- copies of important documents in waterproof bags and
- any special needs for your family like infant formula or prescription medicines.
Having an emergency and evacuation plan can help buffer the impacts of a natural disaster on you and your family.
Some questions to consider when putting together your plan include:
- Where would you meet your loved ones if you were separated?
- How would you get your children from school or childcare?
- Where you would go if you had to evacuate?
- How would you look after your pets and check in on your neighbours in an emergency?
- What alternative routes could you use if roads around your home / work / school / office were flooded or blocked?
Being prepared can help safeguard your family, pets and property against severe weather events and natural disasters. For more tips on how to get ready, visit: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/getready