What's your bushfire survival plan?

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If you live in or near bushland, it's important to have a plan to protect yourself and your family from bushfire.

When a bushfire approaches, preservation of life must become the priority. It might not always be possible to save your home and all of your belongings. But, with a plan in place, you can ensure that you and your family survive the fire.

Your plan should include:

  • The preparation of an emergency kit and checklist of essential items like medications, copies of important documents, first aid items, toiletries, battery-operated radio and spare batteries, appropriate clothing and other items you’ll need if you have to leave your home.

  • Prepare your precious items so that you can quickly take them with you when you leave or relocate them to another location if the fire conditions are bad.

  • An evacuation route and destination that takes into account possible road closures and transport limitations.

  • Location of electricity, water and gas shut-off points and how to turn them off.

  • Provision for pets if you can’t stay in your home.

  • An identified “Nearby Safer Place” in the event that a fire approaches too quickly to implement your preferred plan. A Nearby Safer Place may be a sportsground or other open space and should be treated as a place of last resort when the threat is imminent. See fire.tas.gov.au to find your closest identified Nearby Safer Place.

Discuss your plan with your family and other close contacts who may live outside of the bushfire risk area. Make sure children know what they need to do and practise the steps your family will need to take.

Plan to keep in contact with a friend or family member situated outside of the risk area and inform them of your movements and plans.

Find more information about preparing a bushfire survival plan