Emergency kits

Your emergency kit will have all the things you need to perform the actions in your Bushfire Survival Plan. Pack your emergency kit before the fire season so it’s ready if you need it.

The best emergency kit is one that can be used for all hazards - not just bushfires.

A well prepared kit also means you'll know where to find your torch next time the power fails...

Before summer

  • Pack an emergency kit with essential items and keep it in a handy place
  • Scan important documents and photos onto a USB stick/external drive
  • Buy a battery-operated radio, powerful torch and extra batteries
  • Save important contact numbers in your mobile phone. Include family and friends and the Bushfire Information Hotline - 1300 362 361. Have a spare mobile phone that you keep fully charged for emergencies. Download the Alert SA app if you have a smart phone
  • Set aside protective clothing (long sleeved, made from natural material such as cotton, sturdy footwear such as leather boots and a P2 mask) for each member of the family
  • Put woollen blankets in your car in case you get caught on the road
  • Mark your main routes, including backup routes and petrol stations on hard copy maps
  • Make arrangements with anyone you plan to visit or stay with when you leave early
  • Talk to neighbours or nearby friends about ways you can help each other
  • Don't forget pets. Make sure your pet containers are in your emergency kit or packed in the car.

Pack the following items in your emergency kit to take with you:

  • Important items
    • Driver's licence/photo id
    • Passport
    • Photos
    • Will
    • Jewellery
    • Insurance papers
    • Medical prescriptions
    • USB stick or file containing important files/papers
  • Medicines and first aid kit
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Battery powered radio, torch and spare batteries
  • Overnight bag with change of clothes, toiletries, sanitary supplies
  • Adequate amount of water and food
  • 100% Woollen blankets
  • Contact information
    • Doctor
    • Council
    • Power company

If you have pets add the following items to your emergency kit:

  • Suitable transport carriers or leash
  • Food and drinking water
  • Any medications/vet contact details
  • A familiar item (toy, bed, treats) to help reduce stress.

If you are staying to defend your home or unable to leave in time, the following list of equipment will be useful:

  • protective clothing for everyone staying
  • buckets and mops
  • battery powered radio, torch and spare batteries
  • fire extinguishers
  • first-aid kit
  • hoses and spare hose fittings
  • knapsack sprayer
  • shovel
  • ladder
  • towels
  • woollen blanket for each person
  • gutter bungs
  • drinking water
  • foods, especially high energy foods, drinks, dried fruits and nuts

Protective Clothing

Despite the heat, it is important you do not wear summer clothes during a fire.

In the event of fire everyone involved should wear:

  • 100% natural fabrics such as cotton, denim or wool - synthetics can melt or burn
  • a long sleeved shirt made from thick cotton or wool to prevent burns to the upper body and arms/li>
  • a pair of heavy cotton pants or overalls to shield your legs
  • sturdy leather work boots and a pair of wool socks to prevent burns to the feet
  • a wide brimmed hat to stop embers from dropping on your head or down your back
  • work gloves to protect your hands
  • a pair of goggles to safeguard our eyes against smoke, embers and debris in the air
  • a P2 mask to cover your nose and mouth to protect you from inhaling smoke and embers.

Remember to also drink water regularly to avoid dehydration.

More information is available in the Emergency kits fact sheet.