Flood Resilient Suburbs – Business Resilience Program

Brisbane City Council is working with Brisbane Sustainability Agency and Brisbane Economic Development Agency to help build flood resilience into the businesses that drive our local economy and give Brisbane its liveable character.

About the program

The Flood Resilient Suburbs – Business Resilience Program (the Program) is an initiative of Brisbane City Council, delivered by Brisbane Sustainability Agency and Brisbane Economic Development Agency. The Program is designed to help businesses or business property owners prepare for and recover from flooding. Read more information on types of flooding in Brisbane.

Participants will be able to choose one of two services offered as part of the program: a Business Flood Resilience Assessment or Business Flood Continuity Planning.

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Business Flood Resilience Assessment – is delivered by Brisbane Sustainability Agency. Business Flood Resilience Assessments will provide businesses or business property owners with a tailored on-site assessment conducted by expert flood resilience assessors.

Following the assessment, participants will receive a Flood Resilience Assessment Report that will raise awareness of flood risks and identify design, engineering and construction options that can improve the building’s flood resilience. This will include physical changes and resilience actions that can increase a property’s ability to withstand multiple and substantial inundations of water and significantly reduce the effort, cost and time to recover from future flood events. Where applicable, building owner or landlord consent may be required to participate.

Learn more about flood-resilient design techniques.

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Business Flood Continuity Planning – is delivered by Brisbane Economic Development Agency. The Business Flood Continuity Planning will provide businesses or business property owners with a tailored plan that can be used to prepare, respond and recover from future flood events. An expert will visit you to learn about the business operations and then develop a business continuity plan that you will be able to use and update in the future. Further information on this Program and eligibility can be found here.

For more information on the full program, visit Brisbane City Council’s website.

Who is eligible

The Flood Resilient Suburbs – Business Resilience Program is currently coordinating Business Flood Resilience Assessments for existing participants. However, the program is not currently taking new applicants.

If your business is vulnerable to flooding, we recommend considering flood-resilient building and design techniques and visit Brisbane City Council’s Flooding support for businesses for more information.

If you’re unsure of your property’s percentage chance of overland flow and/or creek flooding, you can download a Floodwise Property Report from Brisbane City Council’s Flood Awareness Map.

What is overland flow flooding?
Overland flow is excess rainfall run-off from homes, driveways and other surfaces. Overland flow flooding is water that runs across the land after rain, either before it enters a creek or stream, or after rising to the surface naturally from underground. Overland flow flooding tends to affect localised areas rather than the whole city at once.
What is creek flooding?
Creek flooding happens when intense rain falls over a creek catchment. Run-off from houses and streets also contributes to creek flooding. The combination of heavy rainfall, run-off and the existing water in the creek causes creek levels to rise.
What is river flooding?
River flooding happens when widespread, prolonged rain falls over the catchment of a river. As the river channel reaches capacity, excess water flows over its banks causing flooding. River flooding downstream can occur hours or days after the rainfall has finished. River flooding may coincide or exacerbate flooding in adjacent creeks and tributaries and may itself be exacerbated by higher than normal high tide conditions.
What is storm tide/high tide flooding?
Storm tide flooding happens when a storm surge creates higher than normal sea levels. A storm surge is caused when a low-pressure system or strong onshore winds force sea levels to rise above normal levels. The impact of a storm tide or storm surge is increased during high tides and king tides and can affect low-lying areas close to tidal waterways and foreshores.

Tidal flooding is the temporary inundation of low-lying areas and streets during high-tide events, such as at full and new moons. The highest tides of the year may be known as king tides. Areas connected to the foreshore and tide-affected areas of the river, tidal creeks and other waterways are susceptible.

What is flood-resilient design?

Flood-resilient design is the use of materials, construction systems and design types that can withstand substantial and multiple inundations of water by actively mitigating the effects and minimising the cost of flooding. Flood resilient design enables business and property owners to take action before a flood event, easily clean and quickly move back in after such an event with minimal long-term disruption.  By implementing flood-resilient design measures, business owners can actively mitigate or minimise the effects of flooding.

View below for examples of flood-resilient design and building solutions in practice in a Brisbane home. Many of these techniques can be applied to businesses:

Even if you are not eligible for the Flood Resilient Suburbs – Business Resilience Program, we strongly recommend investigating flood-resilient building and construction techniques for your business. To do this, begin by reading the relevant resources below.

More information

If you would like more information about the Flood Resilient Suburbs – Business Resilience Program or flood resilient design generally, read our frequently asked questions, can contact Brisbane Sustainability Agency on 07 3007 7013 or email floodwise@sustainablebrisbane.com.au

Be prepared for flooding

Brisbane City Council is committed to creating a more resilient city by ensuring residents, businesses and organisations are better prepared to endure future severe weather events. The free tools and information accessed through the below links can help Brisbane residents, businesses and organisations understand their property’s flood risk and how to prepare for future flood events:

Flood Awareness Map – To identify the likelihood and sources of flooding that may affect your property, sourced from the latest flood studies and models.

FloodWise Property Report – Download a FloodWise Property Report to understand the risk and type of flooding at a specific property to enable you to plan and build new habitable floor levels in accordance with Brisbane City Council’s requirements.

Brisbane Severe Weather Alert Service – Sign up to receive free alert notices of severe thunderstorms, destructive winds and potential flooding.

Visit Council’s be prepared web page for more information on how you can prepare yourself and your property for severe weather events.

Flood preparation, recovery and emergency phone numbers

Life-threatening emergencies: 000
Brisbane City Council: 07 3403 8888
State Emergency Service (SES): 132 500
Energex (power lines): 13 19 62
Queensland Urban Utilities: 13 26 57 (13 23 64 for emergencies)
Community Recovery Hotline: 1800 173 349
Lifeline: 13 11 14

For more information and resources on flood recovery, view our Flood recovery and resilience resources.

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