Prepare and plan for Bushfires

Having a bushfire plan helps you:

  • understand and manage risk
  • comply with the Bushfire Management Act 2016
  • increase the level of your community's preparedness and
  • start a conversation between families and your neighbours.

Read the Rural Property Bushfire Planning Guide PDF (8.5 MB) for more information on preparing yourself for the bushfire season.

SecureNT provides information on what your emergency kit should include.

Be bushfire prepared by installing/maintaining your firebreaks and preparing your property for the bushfire season.

Survival plans

Your bushfire survival plan should focus on how to prepare, act and survive in the event of a bushfire.

More information can be found at SecureNT's bushfire survival plan.

Prepare

Prepare for a bushfire by:

  • making a bushfire survival plan with your family
  • decide if are going to stay and defend your home or leave early
  • include a plan for any animals you have on your property
  • ensure everyone knows their role
  • practice your bushfire survival plan on a regular basis
  • prepare your bushfire relocation kit
  • be aware of the different types of alerts and warnings.

Act

Find out what the fire danger rating is for your area by listening to bushfire alerts on the radio or by checking online.

The type of alert you get will determine what action you should take.

Survive

The safest option is to leave early while it is still safe to travel.

If your bushfire survival plan includes the decision to stay and defend, only do so if:

  • your home is built to withstand a bushfire
  • you are prepared to the highest level and
  • are physically able to do so.

If the fire danger rating is catastrophic or extreme, leaving early is always the safest option. It will not be safe to stay and defend even the best prepared property.

Last updated: 12 February 2020

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