Today marks the official start to the tropical cyclone season in Queensland.
The weather bureau is predicting four cyclones to form off the state's coast, with one reaching landfall.
Wayne Preedy from Emergency Management Queensland says residents should prepare before a severe weather event occurs.
"It's a lot easier to make a rational decision when you're not under the pump or under pressure," he said.
"You can do it in your own time rather than being pressured to do things very quickly when perhaps a number of other people in towns or other areas are trying to do the same thing."
Mr Preedy says most residents need to take responsibility for their own safety preparations.
"If it's safe to do so, fit and able-bodied people should be doing those sorts of things rather than the SES [State Emergency Service] coming out and wasting their time to do it on houses where they shouldn't really be required," he said.
"They should be helping the elderly and people that can't actually do those things themselves."
The cyclone season ends in March.
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00:30 EDT A cyclone and potential cyclone are expected to bring heavy rain to north Queensland and the Gulf country in coming days.