What will you do to keep safe?
You need to make a commitment to develop a bushfire survival plan detailing preparations and actions you will take if a bushfire threatens. When developing your bushfire survival plan, you and your family need to think about the following:
- If you plan to leave for a safer place - where will you go and how will you get there? Your safer place could be with friends and family, and may not be far away. Know where you will go and never ‘wait and see’. Relocating at the last minute can be deadly
- Does your household include elderly relatives, young children, people with disabilities or illness? When, where and how will they be relocated? Who will care for them?
- What will you do with your pets and livestock?
- Can your home be defended? Is it in a location that makes it difficult or dangerous to actively defend? (refer to DFES’s Homeowners Bushfire Survival Manual - PDF)
- Will your home provide shelter if you have to or decide to stay?
- Are you capable of defending your home without the support of firefighters?
- Do you have the skills, knowledge and capacity to check for and put out spot fires for up to ten hours after the fire front has passed?
- Do you have the right equipment and resources to actively defend? (eg. sufficient independent water supply of at least 20,000 litres and a petrol, diesel or generator powered pump capable of pumping 400 litres per minute)
- Will you cope with the noise and stress of a bushfire if you decide to actively defend? Being in a bushfire may be the most traumatic experience of your life.