How to Prepare for a Bushfire: Everything You Need to Know

by Alana Gibbs on September 05, 2022

How Do You Plan and Prepare Before and During a Bushfire?

Bushfires are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in Australia, with the frequency and intensity of these fires increasing every year. In order to protect yourself, your family, your home and your belongings from the risk of bushfire, it is important to be fully prepared for when a bushfire strikes, even when we aren't in bushfire season.

In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know in order to prepare for a bushfire. We will talk about how to make a bushfire survival plan, what you should have prepared in advance, and what you need to take with you if you have to evacuate.



Common Sense Preparedness

Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death during a bushfire emergency. Make sure that you are ready and have a bushfire plan even if your property isn't in a typical bushfire prone area!


How To Prepare For A Bushfire

When it comes to preparing for a bushfire, the most important thing you can do is to make a survival plan. This plan should include what you will do in the event of a fire, where you will go, and how you will get there. Will you plan to leave early, or do you have alternate arrangements?

It is also important to have an evacuation route planned out in advance. Make sure that everyone in your family knows the plan and understands what they need to do if a fire starts. It is also a good idea to practice your evacuation route so that everyone knows what to do and where to go if they have to evacuate quickly.

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Bushfire Survival Kit

In addition to having a survival plan, there are some other things you should do in order to prepare for a bushfire. One of these things is to create a bushfire survival kit. This kit should include items such as water, food, first aid supplies, and clothing. You should also have some cash on hand in case you need to evacuate quickly and can't access your bank account. 

Below is a list of the items we recommend you add to your emergency kit, and you will find most of these in our Betty B Ready survival kit. We recommend packing enough items to last you at least 72 hours:


Emergency Kit Checklist

Firstly, we recommend that you use a waterproof bag to protect all of the emergency supplies inside.



Personal Documents & Important Documents

  • Most information such as insurance documents are now stored online, however its common in natural disasters to not have access to them due to loss of electricity and internet signal. We also recommend to include any important government information, birth certificates, passports and anything else that would be a huge pain to have to replace.


Warmth & Light

  • Stormproof matches
  • Snap-lights
  • Candles
  • High power LED torch 
  • Mylar space blankets
  • Beanie


  • Utility bags
  • Signal Whistle
  • Emergency hand-crank portable radio
  • Carbon steel knife 
  • Flint fire-starter
  • Multi-tool pliers + driver bits
  • Paracord rope
  • Duct tape


Food & Water

It's really important to pack non-perishable food that can last you for at least 72 hours. If you have no access to power, ideally the food is easy to open and doesn't require cooking. 

  • Water purification tablets
  • Water bottles filled with water 
  • Calorie ration bars with long shelf life
  • Emergency drinking water pouch


  • Rain ponchos
  • Safety sunglasses
  • Work gloves
  • Survival tarpaulin (With heat reflective lining)
  • KN95 95% Filter Masks
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Insect repellant


First Aid Kit

What should I put in my first aid kit? Click here to find a full list of our recommendations.


Some other essential items to consider include personal hygiene items, sanitary items, toilet paper, spare batteries, pet food, spare mobile phone preloaded with emergency numbers. You may also want to consider a backup power source such as a portable generator.




Update Your Insurance Policies

It is also important to make sure that your insurance policies are up to date. This way, if your home is damaged or destroyed in a fire, you will be able to get the financial assistance you need to rebuild.


Stay Informed

It is a good idea to stay informed with the latest state and local government council bushfire information and resources. Make sure you're aware of fire danger ratings and high risk bushfire prone areas. The best way to do this is to sign up for alerts from your local authorities or the Bushfire Information Line and to stay engaged with your local community.


Not Alarmist, Just Prepared

If a bushfire does occur, the most important thing you can do is to stay calm and follow your survival plan. Make sure you listen to expert advice from the government and SES about what to do and where to go. If you have to evacuate, make sure you take your survival kit with you. 

Bushfires are a real threat in Australia, so it's important to be prepared and extinguish any risks that you can pre-plan for. We hope that you never have to live through a bushfire, but that you and your family are ready if you do. Stay safe!


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