Disaster Management


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Prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2003 QLD

Approved on: 16 September 2020

Firstly we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Torres Strait Islands, in which the Torres Shire Council and the Torres Strait Island Regional Council administers Local Government responsiblities.

Despite its beautiful surroundings, the Torres Strait Islands is vulnerable to disaster events, both natural and man made. When an event occurs, local govenment has responsibility for managing the impacts within its boundaries. It is therefore important to have joint effective and coordinatored disaster management arrangements in place to ensure that our disaster management systems are capable of addressing the response and recovery for an event.

Please click here to read the Local Disaster Management Plan which has been developed by the Torres Strait Local Disaster Management Group on behalf of the Torres Shire Council and Torres Strait Island Regional Council.

This Plan sets out the legislated arrangements required under the Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003 and outlines the disaster management system and specifying agreed roles and responsibilities. It also describes how the disaster management system works during an event.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has a new Torres Strait weather and tides page on their website.

For all weather and tide information go to:


You can find more information about disaster management by going to the following website:

For reports from real time weather stations at Thursday Island, Bramble Cay and Saibai go to: http://weather.aims.gov.au/#/overview

For real time tidal information go to: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/coasts-waterways/beach/storm-sites/