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How Bushfire Alert works

When there is a bushfire in your area, YOU can alert all your neighbours and family members quickly and easily with Bushfire Alert.

Early warning is critical to helping you & your neighbours protect property & family.

Bushfire Alert enables communities to send and receive early warning alerts when a bushfire occurs in their area.

Bushfire Alert is operated by YOU and YOUR community. When you need to alert your neighbours about a bushfire threat, you make a call to Bushfire Alert and your message is broadcast to everyone in your registered community quickly and efficiently.

Voice alert messages are sent to your work, home or mobile phone, and text alert messages are sent to your email and mobile phone, making you aware of the bushfire regardless of where you are at that time so you can make an immediate decision on what action to take.

Calling all your neighbours about a fire, one at a time, wastes valuable time that could be spent evacuating or fire-fighting, and potentially dangerous for the last people receiving their call. Bushfire Alert makes your call to your entire community for you quickly and easily, at the early stage of the fire, giving you a better chance of protecting your property and helping
your family to survive.

How it works

Each community is provided with a unique fire reporting phone number. When a registered community member in that area detects a bushfire, they dial the fire reporting phone number and leave a message explaining where the fire is and any other brief and relevant information. The system then broadcasts that message to all the community members using phone, sms and email.

Who makes the phone call to report the bushfire?

If you become aware of a fire in your area that has not yet been reported, then YOU make the phone call to your community Bushfire Alert number and follow the prompts.

What number do I call to report a bushfire?

In all cases you must call your emergency services first, typically 000. Then call your dedicated community Bushfire Alert number that we provide to you when your service has been activated.

What happens when I report a bushfire?

The system will ask you to leave a message about the fire, such as where it is heading and what action you are going to take (eg fight or evacuate and has the fire authority been notified). The system asks you to confirm that you want your message broadcast to your community. When confirmed, your message will be broadcast to everyone in your community.

Can we have a test Bushfire Alert?

Yes, we send a test alert to your community once it is established, then again each year at the start of every bushfire season.

Will the local fire authority initiate the alerts?

No. Bushfire Alerts are activated by YOU and YOUR community.
Some communities include members of their fire services so they are in fact alerted as quickly and early as your community.

How do I subscribe?

If you are already a member of a Bushfire Alert community, you can resubscribe annually at Early Warning Telephone SMS Alerting
or you can contact our team via our Contact page to assist you in creating your own community.

How do I form a new community?

Gather a list of interested people in your area and we will assist in creating your community, or register your property individually with us and we will contact you when there is sufficient number of properties in your area to activate that community. Bushfire Alert relies on a community to actively watch for and report bushfires.

What does it cost?

Just $25 (plus gst) per year for each subscriber. Each subscriber can register one phone and an email address. A phone will receive a phone call, as well for mobiles, a text message. An email address will receive a recording of the message as an attachment.

Helping Bushfire Alert

Bushfire Alert is a community driven service so encourage your friends, neighbours and people you know to join. The more people participating the more people there are watching for and reporting fires. You can join an existing community in your area or form a new one by contacting our team via our Contact page