Preparing your family for bushfires
Dealing with a natural disaster can be a stressful experience for anyone.
Children are particularly vulnerable, and the increased media coverage and discussion in the community, schools and at home about fires can raise their alarm. Planning for and talking to your children about bushfires can help them cope and feel safe should you or your home come under threat this summer.
PREPARING CHILDREN FOR THE THREAT OF BUSHFIRES
These information sheets have been produced by the Australian Psychology Society.
This first information sheet helps parents and carers to help children to be aware of the threats, but also reassure them that they are safe and secure.
This second information sheet provides ways of assisting parents and carers to help children psychologically prepare for bushfires. It outlines three steps to become psychologically prepared. Once you have learnt how to be psychologically prepared yourself, you can help children to learn the skills too.
THINGS TO KNOW DURING A BUSHFIRE
- If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
- Stay up to date with the latest information on fires here: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me
- You need to know what you will do if your property is affected by fire. Do you have a fire plan? What will you do with your animals? Do your kids know what to do?
- Schools may close. Keep an eye on the NSW Department of Education's website for the latest information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service may close National Parks and Reserves across the Hunter Valley, for the latest information, visit: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list
- There could be power outages in the area. To find out more, visit Ausgrid’s website here: https://www.ausgrid.com.au/Outages
- Stay informed by:
- listening to local radio
- through the RFS website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
- through social media social media such as NSW RFS Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nswrfs) and NSW RFS Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nswrfs)
- Fires Near Me NSW app: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/stay-up-to-date