Preparing Your Family

How to prepare your family to ensure your safety during a bushfire.


Be Informed


Create an Evacuation Plan

  • Where will you escape if there's a bushfire ?
  • Is there more than one route out of your home?
  • Keep door and window keys near locks.
  • Where possible plan 2 ways of escape from each room.
  • Decide on a meeting place outside.
  • Create an escape plan. Here is a free grid to plot your route.

Further information can be found at Fire and Rescue NSW.


Home Emergency Kit

  • Portable battery operated radio and spare batteries
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Mobile phone, spare battery and charger
  • Medications including prescriptions and toiletries such as a roll of toilet paper
  • Special needs for infants, the aged and people with disabilities
  • Copies of important papers including emergency contact numbers and identification such as a passport, driver’s licence and birth certificates
  • Copies of home and medical insurance policies
  • Contact details of your agreed out of town contact
  • Spare clothes and sleeping equipment including strong shoes, broad brimmed hat, leather gloves and sunscreen for each household member, pillows, blankets, waterproof bags
  • Spare car and house keys
  • Credit cards and cash money
  • Playing cards or games
  • Pen and notepaper
  • Emergency food and water supplies for 24 hours

Download the Home Emergency Kit checklist.


Personal Emergency Plan

Developing a Personal Emergency Plan is one way you can be better prepared in extreme emergency such as a fire, flood or storm. To find out more head to our Personal Emergency Plan page.


Get Prepared App

Wollondilly Council encourages you to prepare and stay safe in a disaster or a time of crisis by downloading and completing an emergency plan on the Get Prepared app. You can download on the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Preparing Older People for Emergencies

Meals on Wheels has developed a toolkit assisting aged care providers to empower older residents to make decisions about preparing for emergencies. For further details visit the Meals on Wheels ACT! page.