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Bush Fire Survival Plan

It is your responsibility to prepare yourself, your family and your home for the threat of bush fire and to maintain adequate levels of insurance. You need to make a Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare your property to give yourself, your family and your home the best chance of survival.

Bush Fire and Your Home

While there are elements of bush fire that you cannot control, like the weather, there is a wide range of planning and preparation activities that you can undertake which will dramatically increase the chances of you, your family and your home surviving in the event of a bush fire, including the maintenance of adequate levels of insurance.

Leaving Early

The safest option in a bush fire is always to leave early, before the fire threatens.

Staying and Defending

If you are not prepared, staying and defending can be dangerous. Leaving early is your safest option.

Places of Last Resort

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) - are a Place of Last Resort for people during a bush fire. They are a last resort if all other options in your Bush Fire Survival Plan cannot be implemented.

Bush Fire Alerts

Where there is a risk from bush fire, Bush Fire Alerts provide information to effected communities using radio, television, the internet or telephones. There are three Bush Fire Alert levels to help you make the right choices for your safety.

Fire Danger Ratings

The Fire Danger Rating (FDR) is an assessment of the potential fire behaviour, the difficulty of suppressing a fire, and the potential impact on the community should a bush fire occur on a given day. The FDR is an early indicator of potential danger and should act as a trigger for action.

Fire Safety for Your Pets

What will you do with your pets in the event of a bush fire? Your Bush Fire Survival Plan must include the wellbeing of your animals.

Total Fire Bans

If you ignore a Total Fire Ban, people may die.

Bush Fire Myths

Knowing the FACTS may save your life.