How To Prepare For Bushfires and Floods In Australia Home Australia Travel Blog How To Prepare For Bushfires and Floods In Australia Whenever planning a trip to Australia, you should do some research into all the possible scenarios you may find yourself in, including natural disasters. While natural disasters are unlikely, the two main natural disasters that may affect travellers in Australia are bush fires and floods. For campers travelling in a campervan or motorhome, it’s helpful to know how to navigate these situations. In the unlikely event that someone faces a bush fire or flood, this guide can help. Plan Ahead To Stay Safe Before embarking on your trip, you should make efforts to plan ahead. Summers in Australia reach high temperatures, making the landscape dry, and occasionally leading to bush fires. Flooding also occurs in the spring and summer months in Australia, particularly in Queensland. Most bush fires and flooding happen between the months of November and April each year. If your visit to Australia is during these months, it can be a good idea to prepare for these unlikely natural events. This precaution allows you to have peace of mind and comfort as you enjoy your holiday. When planning a trip to Australia, you can choose to avoid areas that are historically prone to these natural disasters. Additionally, check weather forecasts for the upcoming days of your trip. The most reliable source with up to date weather information is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Monitor Alerts While Travelling Both before and during your trip, you can keep an eye out for bush fire alerts, flood alerts, and road closures. The Australian government is excellent at providing people with notice so they can alter their travel routes away from bush fires or floods. ABC Emergency Facebook Page provides national emergency alerts. State Specific Emergency Alert Resources: NORTHERN TERRITORY Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service Incident Maps SecureNT Facebook Page SecureNT Twitter Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Facebook Page Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Twitter Bushfires NT Facebook Page Bushfires NT Twitter Road Report NT Facebook Page QUEENSLAND Queensland Rural Fire Service Incident Maps Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES Facebook Page Qld Fire & Emergency Twitter NEW SOUTH WALES NSW Rural Fire Service Incident Maps NSW RFS Facebook Page NSW RFS Twitter Fires Near Me NSW Android App Fires Near Me NSW Android App Live Traffic NSW Live Traffic Maps Facebook Page Android App IOS App Fire and Rescue NSW Fire and Rescue Facebook Page Fire and Rescue Twitter AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY ACT Emergency Services Agency Incidents Maps ACT Rural Fire Service Facebook Page ACT ESA Twitter VICTORIA VIC Emergency Incidents Map Facebook Page Twitter Android App IOS App Country Fire Authority (CFA) Website Facebook Page Twitter SOUTH AUSTRALIA South Australian Country Fire Service Incidents Map Facebook Page Twitter WESTERN AUSTRALIA Emergency WA Incidents Map Department of Fire and Emergency Services Facebook Page Twitter TASMANIA TAS Alerts Incidents Map Alerts and Incidents Tasmania Facebook Page Tasmania Fire Service Incidents Map Facebook Page Twitter Additional Resources: Weather Alerts – The Australian Bureau of Meteorology publishes warnings about floor alerts, road closures and daily fire ratings in impacted areas Tune into Radio stations – ABC News Radio National Emergency Alerts – ABC Emergency Facebook Page Prepare Your Emergency Kit It cannot be stressed enough if you’re a camper, you should be travelling with an emergency kit. This is good practice for the rare event of a natural disaster or any sort of minor accidents that may occur. Keep the kit with you at all times so you can grab it quickly if needed. DOWNLOAD THE EMERGENCY KIT CHECKLIST (REDCROSS) The essential items for your emergency kit are: Portable radio Necessary medications First aid materials Extra mobile phone Phone charger Hard copy maps Torch An abundance of bottled water Woollen blanket. Fire Safety Tips for Campers Once you’re on the road in your campervan or motorhome, there are a few simple rules and processes you should keep in mind. Don’t contribute to the danger by camping with an open flame during fire alert season. At every campsite, understand the open-fire policy of the day and follow it. If you know any fires or floods are relatively nearby, don’t unpack your campsite fully. You want to be prepared for a quick pack up if needed. Tips to Stay Safe During a Bushfire While driving between campsites, never drive through bushfires. If you notice smoke or fire on your upcoming path, turn around and drive away, if it’s safe to do so. If you are unable to turn around or redirect to a new way, stay in the car. Park near a clearing and face your car towards the fire. Turn your hazards and headlights on so you’re more easily found Contact authorities for help by dialling 000. Tips to Stay Safe During a Flood Never try to drive through flood water as it can be very deceiving how deep the water is and how easy it is for your car to be carried away. Don’t try to swim in floodwater. If your vehicle is already in floodwater, abandon your car and move to higher ground. Contact authorities for help by dialling 000. Australia is a beautiful country that is best explored, driving from place to place in a campervan, taking in all the scenery. However, as is the case with any holiday, it’s essential to research before embarking on a trip. Travellers need to have a plan on the small probability of a natural disaster occurs during their trip. The benefits of a motorhome are that you can easily alter your vacation destinations, away from the danger. Unlike locked in hotel reservations that may be nonrefundable, a campervan trip offers flexibility in the face of surprises.