Know what to do :: CFS

Know what to do

There are seven keys to surviving bushfires. It is recommended that you review these and your circumstances as part of developing your Bushfire Survival Plan.

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There are detailed fact sheets available here or by selecting the links below which provide further information on each of these keys.

  • Writing and practicing your Bushfire Survival Plans
    Your plan is central to your survival. Have you got a Plan?
  • Understanding bushfire behaviour
    It is important to understand the characteristics and behaviour of bushfires, which are influenced by vegetation, topography and climate.   What do you know about bushfire behaviour?
  • Recognising days of high fire danger
    Bushfires can be more dangerous on certain days.  Learn to recognise the characteristics and terminology of these days.  Do you know the signs?
  • Acting on days of high fire danger
    Put your preparation and plans into action on days of high fire danger.   What will you do on a day of high fire danger?
  • Preparing your home and property
    Even if your Plan is to leave early, a well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire.   How prepared is your property?
  • Creating Bushfire Survival Kits
    Kits keep all the things you will need together and accessible.  Create: Relocation Kits (what to take with you); Survival Kits (what you need to help survive the day); and Recovery Kits (what you need for the 24-48 hours following a fire).   What would you pack?
  • Considering your physical and emotional preparation
    It's important to be realistic about what you can and can't do.  Ensure you and your family understand fully what a bushfire can mean in terms of fear, stress and threat to personal life. How prepared are you?

You need to consider each of these key points when thinking about how you will respond to bushfire.