Are your family and home at risk?

You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke. For Queensland residents, that can be just about anywhere.

Are you bushfire prepared?

The PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE Information Guide is full of information that will help you to prepare your home and your family for bushfire season. It will assist you in making the decision to stay or to leave and will outline the steps you need to take as a result of your decision. You can download a pdf copy by clicking on the guide to the left, or contact us for a paper version.

Please take time to sit down with your family and discuss your bushfire survival plan and what steps you will take to PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE. this bushfire season.

A bushfire survival plan includes comprehensive detail on how to prepare, act and survive if threatened by a bushfire. You can download a pdf copy also by clicking on the plan to the left, or contact us for a paper version.

Are you prepared for a bushfire? Your family and home could be at risk if:

  • you live within a few kilometres of bushland
  • your local area has a history of bushfires
  • your home is built on a slope
  • you have trees and shrubs within 20m of your house.

Understanding your risk

The first step in bushfire survival planning is to understand your level of risk. Factors affecting this include:

  • the Fire danger rating for your area
  • whether you have any young, elderly or infirm family members
  • how well-prepared and -maintained your property is
  • whether you'll need to travel through bushland if you need to leave your home
  • how up to date your bushfire survival plan is.

Know your options

The most important part of your bushfire survival plan is to understand whether you and your family should leave early or stay and defend your property.

Leaving early

Leaving early is always the safest option. When preparing to leave early, it is important to ensure:

  • your property is well prepared for a bushfire
  • your bushfire survival plan is up to date
  • you have a back-up plan in case of a change in circumstance.

Staying and defending your property

Planning is the key to survival. When preparing to stay and defend your property, it is important to ensure:

  • your property is well maintained and capable of withstanding a bushfire
  • you have good shelter for you and your family
  • your bushfire survival plan is up to date
  • you have a back-up plan (including knowing your evacuation route and local designated Neighbourhood Safer Place as a last resort)
  • you are physically and mentally prepared to stay and defend your property
  • you have enough supplies and well-maintained equipment.

    Bushfire survival kit

    Your bushfire survival kit should be well stocked and stored in an area of the house that is safe and easy to access. It should contain:

    • protective clothing
    • a torch
    • gloves
    • buckets and mops
    • hoses
    • a shovel
    • towels
    • safety goggles
    • a ladder
    • medications
    • bottled water
    • fire extinguishers
    • a battery-operated radio
    • spare batteries for the torch and radio
    • a smoke mask
    • a mobile phone charger
    • woollen blankets
    • a first-aid kit
    • a knapsack sprayer.

      Bushfire relocation kit

      If you need to leave your property in a bushfire situation, items to take in your relocation kit includes:

      • protective clothing for the whole family
      • battery-operated radio and spare batteries
      • safety goggles
      • medications
      • your purse or wallet and cash
      • spare clothing for the whole family
      • ID (such as driver licence, passport or birth certificate)
      • bottled water
      • food
      • woollen blankets
      • a list of contact numbers for your family, friends, doctor, local hospital, vet, councils, utility providers
      • first-aid kit
      • pet food, water and bedding if needed.

Sources:, Montville RFB

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