As a tourism operator, it is essential for you to have a Bushfire Survival Plan for your business. As part of your duty of care, it is important that you make a reasonable effort to protect, educate and advise your guests about possible fire situations and what they are to do in the event of a fire.
Once you have a Bushfire Survival Plan in place, everyone who works at or visits your business should be aware of your emergency management procedures.
Planning is a continuous process. To be effective in an emergency, plans must be regularly checked, tested and updated as conditions in your business and environment change.
In your current Bushfire Survival Plan, you must consider the Fire Danger Ratings, which include details and recommended action for "Catastrophic" fire days. The fire danger ratings take into account the weather conditions as well as the amount, type and dryness of the surrounding vegetation to calculate a more accurate fire danger rating.
How bushfire ready are you? Find out with the CFS Bushfire Ready Assessment Tool.
The following information will assist you with your own bushfire planning:
Tourism businesses are an important source of bushfire information for visitors. According to research conducted by Sweeney Research in 2011, most visitors expect tourism businesses in high-risk locations to have the right information about bushfire safety.
The following information is helpful to have available for guests:
Download the SA Country Fire Service smartphone app which provides bushfire alerts and safety information. Available from iTunes App Store and Google Play.