How it works:
- Earthquakes: may occur as the country is located in a seismic zone.
- Bush fires: October to April, when there is little rainfall.
- Flooding: may happen without warning.
- Cyclones: November to April, generally in the coastal areas of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
- Dust storms: regular, but only in outback areas.
What to do:
- Travel at the “right” time to the “right” place
- Reacting to one:
- Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture); expect aftershocks.
- Bush fires: make yourself seen (e.g. spread out something large and bright), find shelter with little vegetation, stay low to avoid smoke.
- Cyclones: stay indoors away from windows, do not use electrical appliances/equipment, do not head out and touch debris (more injuries/deaths happen after than during).
- Sand/dust storm (on foot): wear a mask (or use shirt sleeve), cover eyes, seek shelter (building/landform/camel)/high ground (if no lightning), don’t move through the storm.
- Sand/dust storm (in vehicle): if no visibility, pull off road, turn headlines, brake lights and turn signals off. If can’t pull off, keep lights on, move slowly and sound horn periodically.
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory