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Let’s be safe this summer season

Let’s be safe this summer season

A guide to understanding the warning signs around fires

As we hit the halfway point of summer, we need to be mindful of the dangers that are still present. Our country’s long-running bushfire threat is still imminent, which means preparation is key. For avid travellers who are roaming for the rest of the summer period, you need to become well versed in the varying warning signs, and the meanings behind them.

Emergency Apps:

First things first, downloading an emergency app that is tailored to your state is vital when travelling. The specific app will send notifications to your phone when a warning has been issued for your area. The app is updated frequently and is an essential for travelling during the warmer months.

Here are some fantastic apps that are state specific:

  • FiresNearMeNSW      
  • VicEmergency
  • QLDFires
  • AlertSA
  • TASFires
  • FiresNearMeAUS

Understanding the meaning of warning categories:

Warnings are issued on forums such as apps, emergency hotlines, radio, television, social media and face-to-face. When warning statuses are issued, travellers need to understand the meaning behind the status, in order to act accordingly.

There are three different levels of warnings:

  1. Advice
  2. Watch and Act
  3. Emergency Warning


Advice notifies travellers or residents that an incident has just occurred in the area or nearby. Monitoring conditions and accessing further information is recommended at this stage.

Watch and Act:

Watch and Act notifies those nearby that an emergency situation is developing. Taking action is highly recommended during this period, as it is the safest point to do so.

Emergency Warning:

Emergency Warning notifies residents or travellers that danger is imminent, and action needs to be taken immediately. Emergency Warning can notify civilians that is now not safe to vacate, or reinforce that there is only a small window of time left to leave the area.

While official warnings are indicators of the status of emergency situations, it should not be solely relied on. Fires are unpredictable and can sporadically change.

We want everyone to be safe and have a phenomenal summer whizzing around in your caravans. Truly understanding these key indicators of emergency is a necessity to do so.

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