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Bushfire-Ready Tips

In this edition of Bushfire-Ready Tips we are looking at Emergency Kits


Emergency Kits

An emergency kit is an important part of your bushfire plan.

Your emergency kit should include all the essential items that you are likely to need in an emergency. The items you decide to pack in your emergency kit should be tailored to your needs and situation.

Having things gathered on a shelf or packed in a box will make it much easier to grab your emergency kit. You don't want to be wasting time running all over your house trying to find all the things you need (and probably forgetting essential items) when a bushfire is approaching.

We talk about three types of emergency kits:

A survival kit contains the things you need around your home to prepare your property, to stay and defend or to shelter in place. Many of the items will also be useful if you plan to leave early.

It can include things like:

  • Protective clothing
  • Firefighting equipment
  • Battery powered radio
  • Torch
  • First aid kit
  • Food and drinking water

A relocation kit contains the things of personal and practical value that you want to relocate to a safe place.

It can include things like:

  • Change of clothing
  • Battery powered radio
  • Torch
  • First aid kit
  • Packaged food and drinking water
  • Medication
  • A favourite item for each child
  • Important documents
  • Photos, videos and other sentimental items

A recovery kit contains the things you will need to survive in reasonable comfort in the 24 to 48 hours after a bushfire, until normal community services start again.

It can include things like:

  • Food and drinking water
  • Change of clothing
  • Medication
  • Cash

Do your Bushfire Plan Now!

Do you have a bushfire plan? With the bushfire season at our doorstep, living on the West Coast you need one.

To complete your 5 minute bushfire plan visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and click on the 'Bushfire - Why Risk It?" tab on the homepage.