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Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

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When disasters loom or a major emergency happens, Queenslanders will be alerted by the sound of the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).

SEWS is a wailing siren sound used throughout Australia for various emergency events of major significance, such as cyclones, flooding and severe storms. When you hear the signal on radio or television, pay careful attention to the message that follows and act immediately on the advice given.

There are strict rules on the use of this warning signal in Queensland. The guideline for the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) and its use in Queensland can be accessed at the Policies, Guidelines and Forms section of this website.