Preparing for Australian bushfires: How to make an emergency survival kit

What is an emergency survival kit?

An emergency kit includes items that meet your essential needs in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. When preparing your kit, include items you will require for several days of disruption to supplies such as power, water and gas.

Emergency survival kits are important whether you decide to leave or stay and defend your home.

Check out the below video to see how difficult it can be to pack your bags in an emergency:

What to include in an emergency survival kit

Three days’ worth of water

It’s recommended to have a minimum of 10 litres of water per person to cover a 3 day period.

Non-perishable Food

Ensure your kit includes enough non-perishable foods for 3 days, such as dried and canned foods. Be sure to also include basic cutlery and a can opener in case some cans don’t have a pull ring.

Essential Toiletries

These are toiletries such as toilet paper, tissues, soap, anti-bacterial wipes/sanitiser, toothpaste/toothbrushes and personal hygiene products.

First Aid Kit and Medications

Ensure you have a fully stocked First Aid kit while also ensuring you download a First Aid app to help guide you through the treatment of minor injuries using simple, step by step instructions.

For those with prescription medication, we recommend keeping an up-to-date list of your prescriptions and doses.

Battery Operated Radio

When you’re in a situation where there’s no electricity or internet, radios are the most reliable communication method. There are numerous options available including wind-up, solar-powered or battery-powered (remember to pack batteries if you’re packing this type of radio).

Another 4 essentials to add to your emergency kit before you leave:

  • Medications
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Important documents and photos (digital copies of these could also be stored on a USB)
  • Change of clothes for each family member

We recommend adding this list to the kit container so you can be reminded of these items in the case of an emergency.

Where do I store my emergency kit?

Each of the items in your emergency kit should be kept together in a waterproof storage container. Make sure your kit is easily accessible on total fire ban days in preparation for potential fires.

Ensure you review your kit every few months; Supplies should be checked and restocked up to ensure the food and water are fresh and safe to use.

Emergency Survival Kits for your pets

Your pets need to be prepared for emergencies also. While organising your survival kit ensure you add the following items:

  • Transport carriers and leashes
  • Pet food and drinking water
  • A toy and/or treats to help reduce any stress they may experience

Where can I buy a premade emergency survival kit to prepare for bushfires?

If you’re looking for extra supplies to prepare yourself for bushfire emergencies, there are numerous kits available for purchase. We’ve found two Australian companies selling these kits:

Deluxe 48Hour Bug Out Bag
Survival Supplies Australia

This is a great allrounder emergency kit with essential items to help keep two people prepared in an emergency situation.

Featuring some of the above items we’ve discussed, this kit provides enough supplies for 48 hours including:

  • An All Weather Emergency Survival Blanket
  • 2 x 12Hr Emergency Light Sticks
  • Medical Kit (including plasters, cold pack, gauzes, tweezers, tape, wipes and bandage)
  • 4 x 1 Litre of 10 year life water
  • Solar Hand Crank Radio
    Emergency Folding Stove
  • 6 x Surgical Masks
  • 4 x 1 Litre of 10 year life water

+  More products (check these out on their website)

The Bushfire Evacuation Emergency Kit
Aussie Storm Shop

This kit is bushfire orientated featuring essential items focused on assisting with safe evacuations from potential bushfire situations.

The kit contains:

  • One Large Personal BushFire Protection Blanket
  • Burns First Aid Kit (designed for burns & heat wounds)
  • Pair of Leather Gloves
  • Pair of Heat Resistant
  • Fire Fighting Goggles
  • Yellow Reflective Hi Visibility Vest

+  More products (check these out on their website)

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