Hazards Near Me NSW 4+

NSW Rural Fire Service

Designed for iPad

    • 3.3 • 1.1K Ratings
    • Free



Hazards Near Me NSW serves as your authentic and reliable gateway to emergency updates in New South Wales, Australia.

The app shows information sourced directly from emergency services and provides up-to-date alerts and data about bush fires, floods, and tsunamis in NSW, as well as incidents within a 50km radius outside the NSW border.

Establish personalised watch zones to receive incident alerts specific to your area.

With the creation of a user profile, synchronise and monitor your watch zones across multiple devices for consistency.

Expansion plans are underway to include more types of hazards in the app, such as severe weather conditions.

Remember, it's critical not to rely solely on receiving a warning before taking precautionary measures. Combine app usage with other information channels including websites, local radio, social media, and personal observations to make informed decisions during an emergency.

Bear in mind that during emergencies, data and power services may become unstable.

For feedback and FAQs, visit: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/stay-up-to-date/hazards-near-me-nsw

What’s New

Version 6.2.0

Addition of Severe Weather warnings and Accessibility updates.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

paraphraseologist ,

Needs work

Every other app I can think of that posts notifications along with a badge on the app icon CLEARS the badge on app launch. I can't think of any other example where the user is put to the trouble of (1) launch the app, (2) tap "My notifications" before the silly thing deigns to clear the badge. Why can't you adopt best practice???!!!

Also, I'm getting very tired of this pattern: receive a notification, tap the notification, the app opens, the app chucks up a "no network connection" alert, I dismiss the alert, the app shows me the map containing the event location. So, what you're asking me to believe is the iPad disconnected from Wifi in between the time it received the notification and launched the app. Well, (a) other apps running on the iPad, (b) the connection log on the Wifi mesh hubs and (c) the logs on the FTTP-connected router all beg to differ. This is just a crappy implementation which you need to fix.

pkutoksbm ,

A few tweaks needed

I think this app provides an excellent service to people living in, or travelling to, bushfire prone areas. However, living in an area that is currently threatened by bushfires, I have a major suggestion that would help improve the service a lot. The update frequency has been good as the fires developed over the last few days, but the information given on each report has been exactly the same for each threat level even though the fire has clearly grown and moved substantially in that time period. If you are going to provide people with this sort of information they are going to want to be able to rely on its accuracy. The information given (locations and size of the fires burning) should be as accurate as possible to allow people to visually understand the level of threat posed to them so they can make informed decisions about evacuation. I think the RFS are doing an amazing job on all fronts in trying to contain the catastrophe we are currently experiencing, this is simply a tiny bit of constructive criticism that could help save more lives and homes in the future.

Bofkincake ,

Great app, with suggested improvements...

This is a great app and hats off to the team responsible for this, especially during the big fires in NSW the latter parts of 2019. Some suggestions to improve the usefulness even more could be:

1. Allow the user to go back and review historical fire front overlays on the map. That way we can see where it’s moved in the past day, past week etc... and therefore see what’s changed over time, like when viewing rain radar information on any weather app. Some sort of slider bar would do the trick when in map mode. At present I have to remember where it was yesterday and try and compare that to what it looks like today.

2. Enhance the map view by (if possible) showing where the active fire fronts are in a different colour. The big fires of 2019 had enormous coverings of grey to indicate its size, but this doesn’t distinguish between where it’s burning now and where it may have been extinguished along its perimeter. For now we have to assume if it’s not moving then it’s been successfully dealt with.

3. Enhance the watch zones with circular rings instead of just a semi transparent circle indicating - say - each kilometre away from your watch zone point. This combined with point 2 above would help tell the story for the user as to how fast it is approaching, and how far away it is now. That, or a ruler would help.

These are just suggestions to make this already great and valuable app, even greater.

Thanks guys. PC

App Privacy

The developer, NSW Rural Fire Service, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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