Prepare before a bushfire
Prepare your home
There are a number of ways to prepare your home and family, including:
- check if your property is on bushfire prone land
- create a bushfire survival plan
- find out if your property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area
- check fire danger ratings and total fire bans in your area.
For information and resources to prepare your home and family, you can also visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
Set up access to emergency alerts
Keep your documents safe
During a bushfire
For emergencies call Triple Zero (000) or TTY – 106.
Follow emergency warnings and advice
Emergency warnings and advice
Resources to keep up-to-date on the latest information:
- for the current incident map, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service
- listen to your local ABC radio, or stream radio with the ABC Listen App
- call the Rural Fire Service Bushfire Information Line on 1800 679 737 or use the Hearing and speech impairment contacts
- see emergency warnings and advice:
- for the latest weather warnings, visit the Bureau of Meteorology.
Traffic, road closures and public transport information
Find somewhere to stay
Check phone and internet access
Follow health advice
Register with the Red Cross
Care for animals
After a bushfire
Secure your home
If you're able to access your home, Fire and Rescue NSW provide advice on what to do after a fire, including:
- securing all entry points
- disconnecting utilities
- who to contact if you need to leave your home vacant.
Find accommodation support
Access financial support
Payments and grants
Contact your bank
Indigenous business support
Transport refunds, fee waivers and concessions
Fines, taxes and duties
Financial counselling services
Get insurance and legal advice
Return home safely
For health advice on returning home safely after a bushfire or fire, such as wearing protective clothing, handling waste and managing food and water supplies, visit NSW Health.
For what to do with your rainwater supply after a bushfire, visit NSW Health
For help with clean-up, you can contact your local council.
Damaged service connections
Fire and Rescue NSW will call for the services of the local gas, fuel and electricity suppliers to disconnect services before they leave the site.
If your gas, electricity or water is disconnected, it's your responsibility to have the services checked and reconnected by a licensed trade person. Do not attempt to reconnect the service yourself.
Rebuilding after a fire
If you're planning to rebuild on land that is designated as bushfire prone you have a legal obligation to consider the potential of bushfire and meet the requirements of Planning for Bush Fire Protection (PBP) and AS3959.
The NSW Rural Fire Service provides advice on building after a bushfire, including:
- knowing your level of risk
- understanding requirements and approvals processes
- considering protection measures.
If you are planning to rebuild, learn more about changes to the rules including:
Free mail redirection
Change your address
Help affected communities
BlazeAid helps clear, repair or replace fences that have been damaged or destroyed in natural disasters such as bushfires.
Find out how you can volunteer with BlazeAid.
NSW Rural Fire Service
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) accepts volunteers in a range of roles including:
- community education
- community engagement
- operational logistics support
- welfare support
- equipment maintenance
- youth development.
Find out how you can volunteer with the NSW RFS.
Other emergency volunteering opportunities
There are many different organisations involved in emergency management and response in NSW.