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How to be bushfire ready
Now, more than ever, Australians understand the very real threats posed during bushfire season.
Understanding the risks you face at your property and having an emergency plan is critical for keeping you safe.
Here are our tips to prepare yourself for a bushfire:
- Firstly, in the event of any potential bushfire we urge people to take the advice of the emergency authorities – listen to updates from your local fire service and take advice on when you should evacuate your home.
- Create a bushfire survival plan – this includes what you’ll do and where you’ll go in the event you need to evacuate your home.
- Create a survival kit – this could include items such as a fire blanket and fire extinguisher, first aid kit, woollen blankets and emergency contact numbers.
- Prepare your home – make sure you’re clearing your gutters regularly, pruning trees and shrubs around the walls of houses, and fitting seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps.
- Keep an eye out for your neighbours, particularly if they’re elderly or need extra support in an emergency.
- If you have pets or livestock, make sure you factor them into your bushfire survival plan.
- Check your insurance cover at least once a year to make sure you have the right level of cover – this includes adding any renovations or extensions you’ve made to your home insurance and listing any new and potentially expensive items under your contents insurance.
For additional tips you can visit the NRMA website: www.nrma.com.au/bushfireready
The Get Prepared mobile app
We’ve partnered with the Australian Red Cross to create the Get Prepared App which helps people prepare for bushfires, and any other emergency.
You can download the free Get Prepared App for Apple and Android mobile phones. It allows you to complete simple checklists, add in key contact details and take actions to ensure you’re prepared for any potential emergencies you may face.
You can also download the app from the Red Cross here.
To find out more about how IAG is helping customers affected by the current bushfires visit IAG's bushfire hub.