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Standard Emergency Warning Signal
This tone will be broadcast over local radio stations when an emergency warning has been issued



PREPARE

The best way to prepare yourself and your home is to write the information down in a Bushfire Survival Plan, as the stress of a fire can cause you to miss vital steps in your plan if you've only memorised it.

Leave early, before a fire starts:
  • On days of CATASTROPHIC fire danger, as no homes are designed to withstand a fire burning in these conditions.
  • On days of EXTREME fire danger if your home isn't specially designed to withstand a bushfire
  • If there are children, elderly or disabled people in your home
  • If you feel that your or your property are not adequately prepared to defend from fire

Stay and defend, ONLY if:
  • You are mentally and physically prepared to face a fire
  • Your property is well maintained with clear land around it
  • You have access to a reliable water source for fighting the fire (town water pressure can be reduced, and pumps will fail if there is a blackout)
  • You have personal protective clothing
  • YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN as a last resort 

Download Your Bushfire Survival Plan NOW

This simple document could save the life of you and your family during a bushfire emergency. Click the link on the right to download your plan today!



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ACT

The Fire Danger Rating is updated every day and gives you an indication of the consequences of a fire, if a fire was to start. The rating is based on predicted conditions such as the temperature, humidity, wind and dryness of the landscape. On days of CATASTROPHIC danger, leaving the night before or early in the morning is your only option - fires are uncontrollable and homes and lives are likely to be lost if you stay and defend.
    
There are three levels of bushfire alert. Ensure you know what each one means, and how you will react.
During emergencies an Emergency Alert telephone-based warning may also be issued, but fires can often threaten suddenly and there may not always be time. Never wait for a warning before taking action. Know what your trigger is and be prepared to put your Bush Fire Survival Plan into place with little or no warning.
Keep up to date by listening to ABC local radio, follow the official RFS Facebook page, and regularly check 'Fires Near Me' and 'Major Fire Updates' on the RFS website.

SURVIVE

If you are planning to Leave Early then you need to make sure you are going somewhere that is safer. Places you could go might be a friend or relative's house, or a shopping centre away from bushland - which isn't going to be affected by a fire.
By choosing to Stay and Defend your property you may be at risk of serious injury or death. If there is any doubt in your mind, you should Leave Early.

If an emergency warning is declared, you may hear the Standard Emergency Warning Signal broadcast over radio stations, followed by the message. Ensure you know what to do!

Often severe fires can start so quickly that there is no time to evacuate and you may be advised to shelter inside your home as the fire front arrives. In this case, follow your Bushfire Survival Plan's suggestions on preparing the interior of your home, and shelter in a structurally strong room opposite from where the fire will directly impact, near a clear exit from the building. Call 000 if your life is in danger.
Once the fire front has passed, go outside and put out any part of your house which is alight. Check under the house and any decks as well as in the roof space.
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