Neighbourhood safer places
Neighbourhood safer places (NSP)
An NSP is a local open space or building where people can gather as a last resort to seek shelter from a bushfire. Its purpose is to save lives in a bushfire, but it does not guarantee safety in all circumstances.
Find your local NSP. (Not all areas have a designated NSP).
You may need to go to an NSP when:
- your bushfire survival plan has failed
- your home cannot withstand the fire and is not a safe place to shelter
- the fire has escalated to an 'extreme' or 'catastrophic' level and relocation is your safest option.
NSPs should only be considered as a last resort as they:
- may not have firefighters present (they may be fighting the fire front elsewhere)
- do not cater for animals or pets
- do not provide meals or amenities
- may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying embers
- may not cater for people with special needs.
Read more about Neighbourhood Safer Places.