Bureau of Meteorology


The BOM Blog gives you the background and insider info on weather, climate, oceans, water and space weather—as well as the latest on the work of the Bureau.


We welcome participation in the comments section of our blog; however, we are not able to respond to all comments and questions and your comments may take a little time to appear. The blog is monitored from 9 am to 5 pm Monday–Friday.

Our community includes people of all ages and backgrounds and we want this to be a safe and respectful environment for all. To keep the discussion interesting and relevant, please:

  • respect other people and their opinions;
  • keep your comments on topic and succinct;
  • say why you disagree or agree with someone;
  • comment constructively—in a way that adds value to the discussion.

When commenting, please don't:

  • make defamatory, libellous, false or misleading comments;
  • use obscene, insulting, racist, sexist or otherwise discriminatory or offensive language;
  • post personal information about yourself or others, such as private addresses or phone numbers;
  • promote commercial interests;
  • violate the intellectual property rights of others;
  • violate any laws or regulations;
  • provoke others, distort facts or misrepresent the views of others; or
  • post multiple versions of the same view or make excessive postings on a particular issue.

We won’t publish comments that are not in line with these standards. Blocking/removal of content or banning of users is at our discretion.

There is no endorsement, implied or otherwise, by the Bureau of any material in the comments section. Users are fully responsible for the content they submit.

Commenting is available via a Facebook plugin, which can only be accessed by those with Facebook accounts.

You can contact us at bomblog@bom.gov.au.

Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy


Contact our social media team at socialmedia@bom.gov.au

Disaster Mitigation – the Bureau's Role

Disaster Mitigation – the Bureau's Role

The Bureau plays an important role in disaster mitigation by providing severe weather warnings and related advice to the community and emergency management authorities. Our Disaster Mitigation Program plays a pivotal role.

Disaster Mitigation Program

The Bureau's severe weather program aims to provide timely, effective and accessible warnings of weather conditions likely to endanger life and property, disrupt community activity, or have a major adverse social or economic impact.

The Disaster Mitigation Program aims to ensure that severe weather warnings are understood and acted on appropriately by the community. The program focusses on improving communication of severe weather warnings and the development and support of natural hazard awareness programs. The program collaborates with other areas of the Bureau to provide advice on the content and delivery of severe weather warnings.

Banana plantation damaged by Tropical Cyclone Larry. Innisfail, Queensland, March, 2006. Image: Jim Davidson

Disaster Mitigation activities assist the community in understanding, preparing for and reducing the impacts of tropical cyclones, severe storms, bushfires, other severe weather and tsunami.

The severe weather warning services are provided through the Regional Forecasting Centres, with national coordination by the Head Office, and through very close links with State and Commonwealth emergency services and disaster preparedness organisations.

The new National Centre for Extreme Weather will increase the Bureau's ability to inform and warn Australians before and during severe weather.

Sign damaged by Topical Cyclone Larry. Innisfail, Queensland, March, 2006. Imagge: Peter Otto.

National Strategy

The Australian Government's National Strategy for Disaster Resilience recognises that disaster risk reduction is a shared responsibility of governments, business, communities and individuals. It acknowledges that cooperation and coordination are essential to ensure we prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters.

The ability of government agencies, businesses, communities and individuals to make good decisions in disaster situations is underpinned by information from the Bureau.

Through our Disaster Mitigation Program, we work with Local, State and Commonwealth government agencies, community groups, non-government organisations, the media and business to support a disaster resilient community

Disaster Mitigation Program

Comment. Tell us what you think of this article.

Share. Tell others.