PREPARE FOR A BUSHFIRE

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Your best chance of surviving a bushfire is to plan in advance and be prepared for the decisions you will have to make about leaving or staying and defending.

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Know your fire danger rating

Fire Danger Ratings (FDR) tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. The higher the FDR, the more severe the bushfire will be.

If you are in a bushfire risk area you need to stay informed and know what the FDR is for your area each day.

When the FDR is extreme or catastrophic, it means any fires that start are likely to be so intense that even a well prepared and actively defended home may not survive. In these cases, your best chance of survival is to leave early. Finding out the FDR should be the first step in actioning your Bushfire Survival Plan. You should consider the rating when you decide whether to stay and actively defend your property or whether to leave early.

A New Fire Danger Rating System

The Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) Program is a national project working to design and implement a new AFDRS. The new AFDRS is expected to go live across Australia in 2022 and will combine the latest science, experience and data to strengthen how fire authorities communicate bushfire danger and improve community safety. Want to learn more? Visit www.afac.com.au/initiative/afdrs or email AFDRS@dfes.wa.gov.au.

You need to start preparing for a cyclone.

  • Review your cyclone plan and check your household knows what to do.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete by adding all additional items.  
  • Prepare your home inside and out.
  • Secure trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, trampolines, rainwater tanks, LPG bottles, loose material, rubbish, boats and caravans.
  • Check in with friends and neighbours to make sure they’re preparing too.
  • Travellers, visitors and tourists should leave the warning area and return home.

You need to prepare for the arrival of a cyclone.

  • Get ready to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer place.
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area.
  • Fasten all cyclone screens and board up or heavily tape exposed windows.
  • Close curtains and lock doors.
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.

If you live in a low lying area where there is risk of storm surge damage, you may be advised to relocate now.

Shelter indoors now. It is too late to leave.

  • Stay in the strongest, safest part of the building.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and stay away from them.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay indoors until the All Clear is given by DFES.
What does it mean?
What should I do?

You need to start preparing for a cyclone.

  • Review your cyclone plan and check your household knows what to do.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete by adding all additional items.  
  • Prepare your home inside and out.
  • Secure trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, trampolines, rainwater tanks, LPG bottles, loose material, rubbish, boats and caravans.
  • Check in with friends and neighbours to make sure they’re preparing too.
  • Travellers, visitors and tourists should leave the warning area and return home.

You need to prepare for the arrival of a cyclone.

  • Get ready to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer place.
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area.
  • Fasten all cyclone screens and board up or heavily tape exposed windows.
  • Close curtains and lock doors.
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.

If you live in a low lying area where there is risk of storm surge damage, you may be advised to relocate now.

Shelter indoors now. It is too late to leave.

  • Stay in the strongest, safest part of the building.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and stay away from them.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay indoors until the All Clear is given by DFES.
What does it mean?
What should I do?

You need to start preparing for a cyclone.

  • Review your cyclone plan and check your household knows what to do.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete by adding all additional items.  
  • Prepare your home inside and out.
  • Secure trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, trampolines, rainwater tanks, LPG bottles, loose material, rubbish, boats and caravans.
  • Check in with friends and neighbours to make sure they’re preparing too.
  • Travellers, visitors and tourists should leave the warning area and return home.

You need to prepare for the arrival of a cyclone.

  • Get ready to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer place.
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area.
  • Fasten all cyclone screens and board up or heavily tape exposed windows.
  • Close curtains and lock doors.
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.

If you live in a low lying area where there is risk of storm surge damage, you may be advised to relocate now.

Shelter indoors now. It is too late to leave.

  • Stay in the strongest, safest part of the building.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and stay away from them.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay indoors until the All Clear is given by DFES.
What does it mean?
What should I do?

You need to start preparing for a cyclone.

  • Review your cyclone plan and check your household knows what to do.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete by adding all additional items.  
  • Prepare your home inside and out.
  • Secure trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, trampolines, rainwater tanks, LPG bottles, loose material, rubbish, boats and caravans.
  • Check in with friends and neighbours to make sure they’re preparing too.
  • Travellers, visitors and tourists should leave the warning area and return home.

You need to prepare for the arrival of a cyclone.

  • Get ready to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer place.
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area.
  • Fasten all cyclone screens and board up or heavily tape exposed windows.
  • Close curtains and lock doors.
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.

If you live in a low lying area where there is risk of storm surge damage, you may be advised to relocate now.

Shelter indoors now. It is too late to leave.

  • Stay in the strongest, safest part of the building.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and stay away from them.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay indoors until the All Clear is given by DFES.
What does it mean?
What should I do?

You need to start preparing for a cyclone.

  • Review your cyclone plan and check your household knows what to do.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete by adding all additional items.  
  • Prepare your home inside and out.
  • Secure trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, trampolines, rainwater tanks, LPG bottles, loose material, rubbish, boats and caravans.
  • Check in with friends and neighbours to make sure they’re preparing too.
  • Travellers, visitors and tourists should leave the warning area and return home.

You need to prepare for the arrival of a cyclone.

  • Get ready to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer place.
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area.
  • Fasten all cyclone screens and board up or heavily tape exposed windows.
  • Close curtains and lock doors.
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.

If you live in a low lying area where there is risk of storm surge damage, you may be advised to relocate now.

Shelter indoors now. It is too late to leave.

  • Stay in the strongest, safest part of the building.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and stay away from them.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay indoors until the All Clear is given by DFES.
What does it mean?
What should I do?

You need to start preparing for a cyclone.

  • Review your cyclone plan and check your household knows what to do.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete by adding all additional items.  
  • Prepare your home inside and out.
  • Secure trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, trampolines, rainwater tanks, LPG bottles, loose material, rubbish, boats and caravans.
  • Check in with friends and neighbours to make sure they’re preparing too.
  • Travellers, visitors and tourists should leave the warning area and return home.

You need to prepare for the arrival of a cyclone.

  • Get ready to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer place.
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area.
  • Fasten all cyclone screens and board up or heavily tape exposed windows.
  • Close curtains and lock doors.
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.

If you live in a low lying area where there is risk of storm surge damage, you may be advised to relocate now.

Shelter indoors now. It is too late to leave.

  • Stay in the strongest, safest part of the building.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and stay away from them.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay indoors until the All Clear is given by DFES.
What does it mean?
What should I do?

Know the bushfire alerts and warnings

If you live in a bushfire risk area, you need to understand the Bushfire Warning Systems before a fire threatens your home. The alerts give information on how severe a bushfire is once it’s started. Alerts have three warning levels indicating the increasing risk to your life or property, and the decreasing amount of time you have until the fire arrives.

Get the factsheet

For all current bushfire alerts and warnings visit emergency.wa.gov.au

Prepare your emergency kit

Your household should have an emergency kit packed and ready to go if you need to leave your home for a safer location. Download and print this list so you and your family can tick off essential items.

Prepare your home and property

Firefighters will be too busy fighting fires on the frontline to defend your home and property, so it is your responsibility to be prepared. Download, print and complete the Property Preparation Checklist to give your home and property the best possible chance of surviving a bushfire.

Managing vegetation around buildings

New Standards in Western Australia are making it easier for people to protect their property from bushfires. The introduction of Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards allows landowners or occupiers, within certain areas of the State, the ability to undertake specific vegetation management activities around residential and public buildings. If followed, the Standards ensure they will not be liable to prosecution under other laws. Open the Standards here or visit the Western Australian Government Gazette.

Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards

Asset Protection Zones

As a property owner, you have an important role in reducing the bushfire risk to occupants, visitors and neighbours. One of the most important steps is the creation and maintenance of an Asset Protection Zone (APZ).

An APZ is a low-fuel area immediately surrounding a building. It should include a defendable space adjacent to the building, which is no less than three metres in width, has minimal vegetation and is free from combustible items and obstructions. If correctly designed and maintained, an APZ can increase the likelihood that your building can be defended during a bushfire and that it will survive if left undefended.

Prepare your pets and livestock

When preparing your bushfire plan, think about the welfare of your pets and livestock. You have a duty of care for them, and having a plan means you can act early to give your animals the best chance of survival.

If you can’t take them to an alternative location in advance, you should plan to find a safe area on your property for them to shelter. For livestock, look for a large, well fenced sandy area without trees or buildings nearby, and easy access to a dam. Ensure that your animals have access to adequate food and water.

Tips for your animals and pets in bushfires

Prepare your community with Bushfire Ready

Bushfire Ready is a community-led program that encourages local residents to learn about planning and preparing for bushfires by working together.

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How does Bushfire Ready work?
Why should I get involved with Bushfire Ready?
How do I get started?

More Information

During a bushfire

If a bushfire has started, then you need to monitor official warnings.

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Recovering from a bushfire

In the wake of a bushfire, it can be incredibly daunting to return home.

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Bushfire Centre of Excellence

An education hub where bushfire management personnel can come together for training and learning.

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Bushfire prone areas

Find out if your property is located in a bushfire prone area and view the planning requirements.

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Total fire ban

A Total Fire Ban is declared when a fire is likely to spread rapidly.

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Planned burning

The process of planning and applying fire to a predetermined area.

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Rural and farm fire

Bushfire risk when you live in a rural or farming area.

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Bushfire overview

To survive a bushfire you must be prepared to make your own decisions.

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Support for at risk communities

Ensure the safety of direct care workers, staff, and in-home clients.

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Bushfire publications

View and download bushfire manuals, guides and publications.

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