Bushfire & Heatwave

Last updated: January 2021

We update this page each year with free bushfire, smoke and heatwaves resources for safety and wellbeing of our learning communities.

Did you know?

  1. Bushfire is rated as Tasmania’s No. 1 natural hazard (PDF, 1.4MB), with significant incidents in recent years including 2013, 2016, and 2019.
  2. For bushfires and heatwaves, DoE has a lead information sharing role for education and care services, all schools, and DoE libraries, Child & Family Centres (CFCs) and corporate sites.

 

Our Approach

  • We use advice from the Tasmania Fire Service to work with our internal and external stakeholders to support safety from bushfires or heatwaves
  • We do this before and during bushfires and heatwaves
  • We will make changes if we need to so people who come to our sites can be safe from bushfires or heatwaves.

Bushfire and Heatwave Arrangements Infosheet IconDoE Community InfoSheet – Our Bushfire & Heatwave Arrangements – printable brochure

Download the Print version of InfoSheet (PDF, 417KB)


BEFORE – Getting Ready for Bushfires or Heatwaves

Bushfire Resources

All Emergencies

DURING – Bushfires & Heatwaves

Select the ‘What DoE Does for Bushfires & Heatwaves’ section for a summary of our Department’s response arrangements.

AFTER BUSHFIRES – Looking after your children & yourselves

BEFORE – Getting Ready for Bushfires or Heatwaves

For Teachers – Learning

For Principals and Senior Staff – Bushfire Planning

For all school staff – Free apps for your mobile phones

Download these free apps to your mobile device/s from your app store (Apple – ‘App Store’; Android – ‘Google Play’):

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Android download button

DURING – Bushfires & Heatwaves

  • Monitor weather forecasts, active fires and air quality
  • Use the DoE Emergency Procedures (DoE Staff Only) (PDF, 15.7MB) and the school’s Bushfire Response Plan, for decision-making with Director Operations in your region
  • Make changes for safety if needed. This may include working with Director Operations in your region, to close your school in advance
  • Keep your school community informed, so they coordinate actions as easily as possible

AFTER BUSHFIRES – Looking after yourselves & your school community

For CFLC Families

For Centre Leaders

BEFORE – Getting Ready for Bushfires or Heatwaves

Learning Resources

Bushfire Planning

Free apps for your mobile phones

Download these free apps to your mobile device/s from your app store (Apple – ‘App Store’; Android – ‘Google Play’):

iOS download button
Android download button

DURING – Bushfires & Heatwaves

  • Monitor weather forecasts, active fires and air quality
  • Use the DoE Emergency Procedures (DoE Staff Only) (PDF, 15.7MB) and your Centre’s Bushfire Response Plan (if there is one), for decision-making with Director Operations in your region
  • Make changes for safety if needed. This may include working with Director Operations in your region, to close your Centre in advance
  • Keep your Centre community informed, so they can coordinate actions as easily as possible

AFTER BUSHFIRES – Looking after yourselves & families at your Centre

For Library Clients

BEFORE – Getting Ready for Bushfires or Heatwaves

DURING – Bushfires & Heatwaves

Select the ‘What DoE Does for Bushfires & Heatwaves’ section for a summary of our Department’s response arrangements.

AFTER BUSHFIRES – Trauma and looking after yourself

For Library Managers & Other Senior Staff

BEFORE – Getting Ready for Bushfires or Heatwaves

Bushfire Planning

Free apps for your mobile phones

Download these free apps to your mobile device/s from your app store (Apple – ‘App Store’; Android – ‘Google Play’):

iOS download button
Android download button

DURING – Bushfires & Heatwaves

  • Monitor weather forecasts, active fires and air quality
  • Use the DoE Emergency Procedures (DoE Staff Only) (PDF, 15.7MB) and your library’s Bushfire Response Plan (if there is one), for decision-making with Director Library Network
  • Make changes for safety if needed. For Library Managers, this may include working with Director Library Network to close your library in advance
  • Keep your community informed (this may include clients and/or work teams), so they can make decisions in their own households, as easily as possible

AFTER BUSHFIRES – Looking after yourselves & your library community