CFS Do your 5 min bushfire plan

Create your own Bushfire Plan, in 3 easy steps

Making a choice when a bushfire threatens is too late. The majority of people in bushfires die fleeing their homes at the last moment.

Don't wait until the last moment, create your 5 Minute Plan now.

Simple to create

Don't have a lot of time? Don't worry, the 5 Minute Plan is simple to create and we've provided lots of recommended information that you can click to include in your own plan.

Personalised to you

Using your postcode, we will automatically populate your Bushfire Plan with a map showing your location in relation to our Bushfire Safer Places.

Ready when you need it

Once created, your Bushfire Plan can be saved to your phone, printed out, saved as a pdf and easily shared via email. That way, it is ready when you and your family most need it.

Step 1 of 3: My useful details

Your Bushfire Plan outlines what actions each member of your family will take on fire risk days and if fire threatens. Having phone numbers and details of key contacts is an essential first step of any bushfire planning.

My details:

My plan is for:

We'll include the people who this plan has been created for on your final Bushfire Plan.
It also always helps to have each others phone numbers handy.
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Essential phone numbers:

Populate this section with information for other essential contacts not listed above. This could be your extended family members, schools, places of work, friends and neighbours and any other numbers you think you might need.
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Step 2 of 3: My plan to leave early

The CFS recommends that you plan to leave early on days that are forecast as Catastrophic or are of high fire danger. Do not attempt to leave if you are not sure of a clear exit or the fire is too close.

My triggers:

These are the signs that will help you decide that it is time to leave early.

Bushfire Safer Place and Bushfire Last Resort Refuge:

  • Yellow shaded areas show your Bushfire Safer Places: Suitable for use during forecast bad fire weather or during a bushfire. May be subject to sparks, embers and smoke.
  • Green dots show your Bushfire Last Resort Refuges: For if your plan has failed. Not suitable for extended use and provides only limited protection during bushfire. Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are your LAST choice of location to shelter from a bushfire.

Please enter your address in Step 1 to show a map of Bushfire Safer Places.

Where I will go:

On fire danger days, your safest option is to visit friends, family or attractions in a Bushfire Safer Place.

My plan for pets and livestock

If you have any pets or animals, note down here what you will do with them.

Step 3 of 3: My plan if I have to stay and defend

Only stay and defend on days of high fire danger if you are well prepared and your home is properly constructed and prepared to the highest level.

Before the fire arrives I will:

When the fire arrives I will:

After the fire arrives I will:

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