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What is your plan to survive a bush fire?

Publish Date 10/08/2017

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is reminding Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock and Dungog LGA residents to update their Bush Fire Survival Plan before the 2017 fire season begins.

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NSW RFS Inspector Marty Siemsen said preparation is the key to surviving a bush fire.

“During a bush fire, there are many critical decisions to be made which can influence your safety and it is important to make those decisions well before a fire threatens your home,” Inspector Siemsen said.

“Leaving it until the last minute can prove deadly. Having a well-practised Bush Fire Survival Plan is the first step in protecting your family and property during a fire.”

Inspector Siemsen said the NSW RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan clearly sets out the decisions residents will need to make and details how to prepare for a fire.

“The Bush Fire Survival Plan takes you through all the issues you need to consider before making the important decisions on how you and your family can survive a fire,” Inspector Siemsen said.

“You should have already considered whether you’ll stay and defend your property, under which conditions that is an option and what steps you need to take to prepare your property beforehand.

“If you or your family plan to leave early, you need to decide well in advance where you will go, how you will get there and what you’ll take.

“The Bush Fire Survival Plan also helps you develop a contingency plan, because some fires can start and spread so quickly that it may not be possible for you to enact your plan.

Inspector Siemsen said it is essential for families to regularly practice and review their Bush Fire Survival Plan after completing it.

The NSW RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan and helpful guides to assist with completing your plan can be downloaded at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Apple and Android smartphone and tablet owners can create a Bush Fire Survival Plan by downloading the free MyFirePlan app from the App Store and Google Play.

Find out more about being bushfire prepared in Port Stephens.