Bushfire Survival Plan
Do you have Bushfire Survival Plan?
You don’t have to live in the country to be at risk of fire. If you live near areas that have significant bush, forest, long grass, or coastal scrub, then you need to plan ahead for the fire season.
All households should a have a bushfire survival plan. Please refer to your relevant State or Territory Fire and Rescue Authority to develop an effective bushfire survival plan. Please familiarise yourself with the equipment contained in your kit (including any additions you make to it) and ensure you know how to use it. You should also familiarise yourself with your local warning codes, colours and danger ratings, and follow the advice given by your local Fire and Rescue Authority, as this may vary from state to state.
Let's take a look at the NSW Rural Fire Service's "Four Simple Steps" to getting ready for a bushfire.
FOUR SIMPLE STEPS
The NSW Rural Fire Service have four simple steps to get ready for a bushfire.
There are the equivalent steps and advice for all Australian states and territories. If you're not in NSW, you can visit your local country / rural fire service website for more information by following the links at the bottom of this article.
DISCUSS WHAT TO DO IF A BUSHFIRE THREATENS YOUR HOME
Many households find that having a discussion over dinner works best as everybody is together and focused.
PREPARE YOUR HOME AND GET IT READY FOR BUSHFIRE SEASON
There are simple things you can do around your home to prepare it for a bushfire, like keeping the grass low and having a cleared area around your home.
KNOW THE BUSHFIRE ALERT LEVELS
If you're in NSW and there is a fire in your area you will find its alert level on the NSW RFS website and in the ‘Fires Near Me’ app. You need to keep track of the alert level so you know what you should do. If you're not in NSW, you can visit your local country / rural fire service website for you alert levels.
KEEP ALL THE BUSHFIRE INFORMATION NUMBERS, WEBSITES AND THE SMARTPHONE APP
In a bushfire, it’s important that you stay up to date on conditions in your area.
It’s a fact. If you and your home are well prepared, you stand a better chance of surviving a bushfire.
"Getting ready for a bush fire is easier than you think. By taking 20 minutes with your family to discuss what you’ll do during a fire, you could save their lives, as well as your home."
- NSW Rural Fire Service
We found this video from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) helpful:
(Source: YouTube, NSW Rural Fire Service, "Bush Fire Fact - Make your bush fire survival plan")
For more information, we also found this information from the NSW Rural Fire Service helpful: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bush-fire-survival-plan
Bushfire Survival Kits is not affiliated with any state or territory Fire and Rescue Authority.
REMEMBER! In an emergency, always dial triple zero (000)
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
VIC Country Fire Authority (CFA) www.cfa.vic.gov.au
QLD Rural Fire Service (RFS) www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
SA Country Fire Service (CFS) www.cfs.sa.gov.au
TAS Fire Service (TFS) www.fire.tas.gov.au
WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) www.dfes.wa.gov.au
NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) www.pfes.nt.gov.au