Bushfire Prepping is an essential skill for residents who live in areas that have either been identified as an at-risk area or have had a history of bushfires in the area of surrounding streets.
They should have a list of known prepping activities – a Bushfire Survival Plan.
These prepping activities include:
- Clean house gutters of leaf litter
- Cut back vegetation and remove dead or dried vegetation from around your home.
- Have a bug out bag and escape routes planned – not just from your home but from the area depending on which way the fire is coming.
- Repair broken tiles or damaged roofs to prevent ember entering the roof space.
- Make sure your home and contents policies are up to date and you have a copy in your bug out bag.
Bushfire Prepping Not Just for the Country
Its not just people who live in ‘the country’ or in ‘the bush’ who need to be aware and the bushfires in Canberra in January 2003 where several people died, 435 were injured and over 500 homes were destroyed are a testament to that.
Some states in Australia have recently introduced new laws permitting cutting back of vegetation called the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area.
The new laws allow people in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to:
- Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval; and
- Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
Picture Courtesy of http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing
Bushfire Prepping: Just 2 Decisions to Make
Much like Prepping in general, in a bushfire situation you have one of 2 decisions to make:
- Leave Early – (BUG OUT)
- Stay and Defend – (BUG IN)
This and more can be read in your Free Australia Preppers Field Manual: Beginners Edition