Suncorp’s cyclone preparation checklist and guide

When storms hit, your family’s safety always comes first. Contact 000 in any emergency. Visit Get Ready Queensland and Queensland Disaster Management for access to Local and State Government information, advice and alerts.

Plan ahead with the 3x3 plan

Here are some suggested ideas about preparing for a cyclone (general information only)

3 weeks

This is your yearly cyclone home service. Kick it off on November 1st, the start of cyclone season, each year.

  • Clean gutters and trim trees.
  • Repair fences, roofs and other loose items.
  • Prepare your cyclone ready kit (restock if necessary), your evacuation plan and know your shelter options.

3 days

This is when you ask, ‘Am I really ready for a cyclone in 3 days? Could I survive for 3 days without help?’

  • Secure and brace external doors and windows and items that could fly away.
  • Check up on family, friends and neighbours.
  • Stock up on essentials and have your cyclone ready kit nearby.

3 hours

This is when you put your plan into action and all that preparation pays off.

  • Take shelter.
  • Tune into warnings on TV, radio and online.
  • Stay safe!

What to pack in a cyclone-ready kit

Here are some suggested ideas for what to pack for a cyclone (general information only)

Food and water

  • Range of non-perishable food terms
  • Bottled water

Medical and sanitation

  • First aid kit and manual
  • Essential medications, prescriptions and dosage
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Personal hygiene items


  • USB charging powerbank and mobile phone
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Traditional wired phone
  • Prepaid phone cards or coins for phone calls

Clothing and footwear

  • Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
  • Closed-toed shoes or boots for everyone

Tool and supplies

  • Camp oven or gas burner
  • Basic tool kit
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties
  • Safety glasses and sunglasses


  • Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered lantern


  • Special items for infants (nappies, formulas etc)
  • Special items needed by elderly or people with special needs
  • Spare house and car keys

Important documents

Keep original or certified copies of these documents in your emergency kit. Scan copies of them and save the files on a USB memory stick to include in your kit. Keep all these items in plastic sealed bags.

  • Insurance papers for your house and contents, cars, and for valuable items
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Wills and life insurance documents
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports and visa documents
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Medicare, pension cards, immunisation records
  • Bank account and credit card details
  • A back-up copy of important computer files
  • Household emergency plan with emergency contact numbers

Plan ahead with home insurance cover

At Suncorp, we’ve been helping Queenslanders get back on track with their insurance for over 100 years. No matter what level of Suncorp Home and Contents Insurance you choose, cover for loss or damage to your home and contents caused by a range of insured events, including flood and storm, is automatically included. For full details about what is and isn’t covered, check out our Home Insurance Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

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We do not insure you for bushfire, storm, flood or tsunami in the first 72 hours of your policy. Very limited exceptions apply. Read the PDS for more detail.

Actions or movements of the sea and storm surge are not covered (unless the storm surge damage occurs at the same time as damage caused by storm). Other exclusions apply.

Insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as Suncorp Insurance. Consider the Product Disclosure Statement before making a decision about this insurance. This advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situations or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.

The information is intended to be of general nature only. Subject to any rights you may have under any law, we do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss or damage, including loss of business or profits or any other indirect loss, incurred as a result of reliance upon the information. Please make your own enquiries.