Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP)

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) is a location where people facing immediate bush fire threat to their personal safety or property can gather and seek shelter from a bush fire. It is when people are forced to leave their home when plans to stay and defend their property have failed.

A NSP is an identified building or space within the community that can provide a higher level of protection from the immediate life threatening effects of a bush fire. NSP’s still entail some risk, both in moving to them and while sheltering in them and cannot be considered completely safe. They are a place of last resort in emergencies only.

The following limitations of NSP need to be considered within your Bush fire Survival Plan:

  • NSP do not cater for pets
  • When using NSP do not always expect emergency services to be present
  • NSP do not provide meals, amenity or cater for special needs (e.g. for infants, the elderly, the ill or disabled) and
  • They may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying embers.

If an NSP is part of your contingency plan it should not require extended travel through fire affected areas to get there. If there is not sufficient time or it is unsafe to travel to an NSP you should then consider other pre identified safer locations such as your neighbours’ home or a wide open space.

The following lists contain information regarding suburban bushland areas within the Newcastle Local Government Area that are of highest risk to bushfire impact and designated 'Safer Places' where people can seek shelter until the fire front has passed. It is envisaged that residents may be in a Safer Place for approximately 15 to 30 minutes before they can return home or in the worst scenario to a Recovery Centre.

Remember to complete your  Bush Fire Survival Plan to ensure that you and your family are prepared and know what to do in the event of a bush fire. If there is a suitable NSP nearby your home, you should note it in you Bush Fire Survival Plan. However, the NSP should only be considered as a place of last resort during a bush fire emergency.

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