Bushfire preparedness

Being prepared when disaster strikes is the key to minimising the impacts of bushfires to your property, your family and your animals.

It's important to know how to prepare before a bushfire, but also how to look after yourself and your family in the aftermath.

Emergency contacts

For information about current fire emergencies call the NSW Rural Fire Service hotline on 1800 679 737 or download the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me app for Android or iTunes and turn on alerts as well as set up notification zones. You can also view Fires Near Me from your computer.

Looking after yourself and others

We understand how stressful, sad and overwhelming bushfires are for individuals and communities.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

You can also contact the following free services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • Mensline - 1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
  • Beyondblue - 1300 224 636.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000.

Planning for bushfires

Bushfires are a common and natural occurrence in NSW and Australia in general. Planning for bushfires can save your life and/or the lives of your family and animals.

If you own or manage land, then you are legally responsible for minimising the risks. The Rural Fires Act 1997 states that land managers and owners are responsible for carrying out hazard reduction to protect existing dwellings, major buildings and other assets susceptible to fire.

Being fully prepared for a bushfire can help you protect yourself, your family, your livestock and your property. It is recommended that you create a bushfire survival plan well before the fire season begins.

The NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Services both offer clear instructions and information about the best way to create a plan through the website, MyFirePlan, to help you be prepared.

Fire bans and permits

Knowing what the fire restrictions are in your region is essential. The NSW Rural Fire Service often adjusts these restrictions to accommodate the weather and environment. Check the latest information.