Prepare your home and property
If you live near bush land you need to prepare your property for the bushfire season. It is your responsibility to prepare, for the safety of you and your family and the safety of your neighbours. This includes homeowners, renters and absentee landowners/holiday homeowners.
You should always:
- Clear a 20 metre circle of safety around your home, clearing it of all rubbish, long dry grass, bark and material that may catch fire.
- Install a stainless steel open weave mesh cover over your evaporative air conditioner and metal fly screens on your windows and vents to keep sparks and embers out.
- Have a bushfire survival plan that the whole family has practised and understands, as well as a bushfire kit.
More information about how to prepare is available on the DFES website.
Stay alert and know what to do
Fires can threaten suddenly and without warning; people should be prepared to act without receiving any emergency warning:
- Stay alert on hot dry days when bushfires are possible, regularly going outside to check for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
- Look and listen for information on radio, TV, the internet, the DFES website, the DFES information line13 33 37 and speak with neighbours.
- Have a bushfire survival plan and kit ready.
- Act decisively the moment you know there is danger. Do not 'wait and see' and do not wait for emergency personnel to knock on the door before taking action as this can be fatal.
Understand bushfire warnings
During a bushfire, emergency services will provide as much information as possible. There are three levels of warning. These change to reflect the increasing risk to life and the decreasing amount of time residents have until the fire arrives.
1) Advice: A fire has started but there is no immediate danger
2) Watch and act: A fire is approaching and conditions are changing. People need to leave or prepare actively to defend to protect them and their family
3) Emergency warning: People are in danger and need to take immediate action to survive as they will be impacted by fire
Emergency Alert Telephone Warning System
What is the Emergency Alert telephone warning system?
Emergency Alert is a telephone warning system employed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and other hazard management agencies in order to send emergency information to communities via landline and mobile telephones.
The system works by sending voice or text messages to phone numbers based on their service address or location.
It is a national system used by the fire and emergency services in all States and Territories.
How do I get an Emergency Alert message?
You do not need to register or sign up to Emergency Alert.
All landline and mobile telephone numbers (including silent numbers) are automatically registered to receive a warning based on their billing address. DFES works with the telephone carriers in order to send the warnings.
Please contact your telephone provider to ensure that phones are registered to the correct billing address in order to receive messages about incidents which may affect that address.
Emergency Alert can also send texts to mobile phones based on their last known location. Every time a mobile phone is active within the mobile network its location is established. If that last known location is within the warning area determined by a DFES Incident Controller the phone will also be sent a message. This technology is designed to capture visitors and travellers in the area under threat.
If your phone is billed to your home address, and your home is within a DFES telephone warning area, you will receive alerts about incidents affecting that address, regardless of your location.
If your phone is located within the DFES telephone warning area, it should receive an alert regardless of your billing address.
It is important to remember that Emergency Alerts sent to your mobile and landline telephone are just one way that you can receive information.
Other sources include:
- DFES website
- The DFES Emergency Information Line on 13 33 37
- The DFES Twitter account @dfes_wa
- ABC and 6PR local radio and other media
If you see smoke or flames, act immediately for your own safety and call 000.
Up to date information is available on the DFES website
Report suspicious behaviour
If you have any information about a fire or suspect somebody of deliberately lighting fires, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Ongoing vigilance by the community in reporting suspicious behaviour and arson will help minimise the likelihood of bushfire.