If a bushfire threatens your home what would you do? When would you leave? What would you take? Follow our guide to prepare for bushfire season.

Bushfires are a powerful force of nature that destroys everything in their path. They show no mercy and they don’t discriminate. Follow our step by step guide to make sure your family is ready if a bushfire ever burns in your area.

1. Prepare your home and garden – Make sure you prepare your home for the possibility of bushfires. Even if your area is not prone to fires it is important to prepare just in case. Read our guide on preparing your garden for bushfire season.

2. Prepare survival kit – Make a bushfire kit and have it stored somewhere that is easily accessible. Various government websites have in depth lists but as a start we have compiled a basic survival kit list below;

Bottled water
Sturdy footwear
Protective clothing (long sleeved and durable)
First Aid kit
Important family items (insurance letters, important photos, only a small amount )
Spare set of car keys
Smoke masks
Woolen blankets
Radio ( battery operated)
Spare batteries
If you have to leave your property make sure you take other daily essentials – cash, credit cards, mobile phones, chargers, toiletries.

3. Plan
Now that your home and kit are prepared you need to sit down and discuss what your plan will be if you and your home are ever under threat by bushfires.

How long will you stay? This is an important question to ask and it needs to be answered well before the threat arrives. The answer will differ depending on your home, location and capabilities. You can find more information on how to make a decision to stay or go at the Queensland Rural fire brigades website.

As a general rule it is always better to leave early as soon as the fire warning level in your area reaches catastrophic or extreme and there are fires in your area, gather your survival kit and other relevant items and leave your property.

Always have a route mapped out and alternate routes in case roads are blocked due to the fire.

Where will you go? In case of a fire emergency always have a safe meeting place in mind outside of you area and away from any likely threats. It can be a friend’s home, park, school grounds, community centre. Somewhere you and your family and friends can meet up and make sure everyone is safe.

Always have a Plan B – If for some reason your bushfire plan does not go as planned always have a plan B. each fire prone area should have Neighbourhood Safer Places or an NSP this is a last resort for residence that need a secure location. NSPs do not cater for pets and are not equipped with food or amenities.

Always make sure your kit and plan are updated from year to year and keep up-to-date with the latest weather and fire warnings.
What is your families bushfire plan ? Do you have any tips on preparing for a bushfire?