Bushfire survival plans to protect human life and property
QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) recommend that all people living in a bushfire-prone area have a personal Bushfire Survival Plan.
Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) should be read in conjunction with the Bushfire Survival Plan guidelines.
When a bushfire threatens, whether your decision is to leave early or stay and defend your property, you should use an NSP only in the event that your Bushfire Survival Plan fails.
An NSP is a place of last resort.
An NSP is a local open space or building where people may gather, as a last resort, to seek shelter from a bushfire.
Use of an NSP may be your contingency plan when:
Your Bushfire Survival Plan has failed.
The fire has escalated to an ‘extreme’ or ‘catastrophic’ level and voluntary evacuation is your safest option.
The main purpose of an NSP is to provide some level of protection to human life from the effects of a bushfire. Your NSP will not guarantee safety in all circumstances.
The following limitations of an NSP need to be considered if you plan to use one as a last resort:
Firefighters may not be present, in the event that they will be fighting the main fire front elsewhere.
NSPs do not cater for animals or pets.
NSPs do not provide meals or amenities.
NSPs may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying embers.
If you are a person with special needs you should give consideration to what assistance you may require at an NSP.
Although QFES cannot guarantee an immediate presence during a bushfire, every effort will be made to provide support as soon as resources are available.
You should identify the travel time and distance to your identified NSP.
You should include this information in your Bushfire Survival Plan.
You should update your plan every year prior to the bushfire season and confirm that your identified NSP has not changed location. You should not drive through fire affected areas to get to your NSP
Once you have arrived at your NSP (building) some actions to consider include:
Continually listen/seek/monitor further information in relation to the fire by whatever means of communication you may have. As fire approaches – ensure all doors and windows are sealed as best as possible.
When fire has passed – if safe to do so, check for fires and embers outside – extinguish if possible. Remain vigilant. For more information and how to prepare for bushfire season visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au. The community is encouraged to prepare.