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Returning to affected buildings

Prior to a disaster you are responsible for your home’s general maintenance and upkeep. If you are unable to do the work, you should employ a contractor to make sure your property is prepared. This will help you return home sooner after an emergency or disaster.

Removing green debris and trees that are not causing a danger to life or property is your responsibility however, following an event, SES can chainsaw trees already fallen if they are endangering people or property. 

In most cases people will want to return to their homes as soon as possible after a disaster and undertake repairs to their home, but for your safety you should wait until hazards have been cleared, basic needs are available and the site is declared safe. There are also a number of things you need to do to meet the requirements of your insurers, and then there is the process of calling quotes and having the repairs undertaken.

Detailed information about:

  • health and safety
  • clean-up and mould removal
  • asbestos removal
  • insurance
  • structural adequacy of your home
  • contracting for repairs
  • rebuilding
  • emotional support
  • useful contacts

is available from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website or by phoning 1300 272 272.

Make sure you wear protective clothing when cleaning up and take the necessary precautions when handling asbestos cement debris.


For assistance with a life threatening situation call 000 immediately.

For assistance with non-life threatening situations such as help with a damaged roof, rising flood water, or storm damage call the SES on 132 500.

For assistance call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Follow @RecoveryQld on Twitter to help you prepare for storm and cyclone season, and receive community recovery updates when a disaster or emergency strikes.

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Last updated:
8 December 2015

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