Your Preparedness Check

A 5-step process for building resilience to extreme weather events

DO NOT MODIFY - Ready Check Tool - Your Property

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    Step 3.

    Your Property

    Draw a mud map of your property and the immediate surrounding area on a piece of paper (or drawing tool on your computer) – just to get a rough idea of the characteristics of your place and surrounds (see example).

    mud map

    Include in your plan your house and any other sheds, buildings, trees, vegetation, water tank, pool, fences, gates (& if locked), decking, BBQs & gas bottles, mulch & garden waste, sprinklers, shutters, gutter guards, overhanging trees, driveway, roof material, wall material, verandahs, decks, vegetation, pet enclosures, side access, slope, road, paving, large windows, window frame material.


    Use the information below to assess your property’s strengths and weaknesses for events such as bush fire, flood, heatwave and storms. The list will give you an indication of strengths and weaknesses of your property but is not comprehensive. Refer to the links to access more ideas on strengths and weaknesses of your home and property.

    Remember a strength may improve resilience across multiple hazard types, for example fire rated storm shutters on windows facing the bushland can reduce to the impact of bushfires, storms and heatwaves as well as improve home security.

    Click on the sections for the hazards identified for your property in Step 1 to check your property’s strengths and hazards for each.

  • Bushfire

  • fire


    serious weakness
    moderate weakness
    fairly resilient
    strongly resilient
  • Roof

  • Walls

  • Floor