Preparing For Bushfire

If you live in on or near bushland, you are at risk from a bushfire and developing a bushfire plan is critical.

Being prepared for a bushfire can help save you and your family’s lives, your property and your livelihood.

Are you and your family at risk?

You need to think about the bushfire risk to your family and home:

  • Do you live in or near bush?
  • Does your local area have a bushfire history?
  • Do you have trees and shrubs within 20 metres of your house?
  • Is your house built on a slope?
  • Is your bushfire survival plan more than one year old?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then being impacted by a bushfire is a real risk to you and your family. You need to have a bushfire plan and keep it updated.

When developing your plan decide together if you will leave for a safer place, which may be to relocate to family or friends, or stay to actively defend your home. Make sure you write everything down.

If you live alone consider creating a plan with a neighbour or friend.

Everybody should have their own tasks and have a list of actions to take if there is a bushfire.

Keep your bushfire plan in an easy to find place and make sure everyone knows where it is.

Practice your plan regularly and review it every year.

Your best chance of surviving a bushfire is to plan in advance and be prepared for the decisions you will have to make about leaving or staying and defending.

Visit the DFES Website by clicking the image below and download the app to your smartphone, and develop your Bushfire Plan today.