The PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE Bushfire Survival Plan 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.
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.
Bushfire Survival Plan
Whether you live in the city, on the urban fringe or in regional or rural Queensland, it is essential you have a Bushfire Survival Plan.
Your bushfire survival plan details how you’ll prepare and what action you will take if threatened by a bushfire. A well-prepared home has an increased chance of survival in a bushfire.
During a large-scale event, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) will not be able to place a fire truck at every property so it is therefore even more important to have a solid plan in place.
Fire Danger Ratings will be used as a trigger for the level of advice and messaging to the community when a fire starts. There will be three types of alert messages:
Bushfire Advice: A fire or other emergency has started in the area however there is no immediate threat. Advice messages will keep people informed and up to date with developments on a fire.
Bushfire Watch and Act: There is a heightened level of threat, you need to be aware of your situation and take action to be prepared and protect yourself and your family.
Bushfire Emergency Warning: You are in danger and need to take immediate action recommended by the fire service. Emergency Warnings, accompanied by the siren sound (State Emergency Warning Signal), will be activated to advise that you must take action immediately, you will be impacted by the fire.
The QFES aims to protect person, property and the environment through the delivery of emergency services, awareness programs, response capability and capacity (preparedness), and incident response and recovery for a safer Queensland.
Very little of our continent is free from fires. Dry spells create a high fire risk, particularly after good rain has encouraged lush growth. Even arid regions experience scrub fires in years when good wet season rains are followed by a long dry spell.
Weather systems work differently across Australia’s temperate and tropical regions. Severe bushfire conditions are influenced by a combination of these systems, but in most cases by hot, dry winds blowing from central Australia. The dry summer months are the danger time for southern Australia, while northern Australia is at risk during winter.
Camp fires, fuel stoves and barbecues
Camp fires are allowed in some Queensland parks and forests—it is good idea to bring a portable fuel stove or use on-site barbecues which are provided at many camping areas.