Zac is working in town at a local store. A friend's mum calls and tells them that there is a 'severe' fire warning where Zac's home property is. Zac calls the family home to check that everything is ok. He speaks to his mum, Heather, who says that the neighbours had called with news of the warning. She tells Zac that she and his dad, Mike, are putting their bushfire safety plan into action to 'stay and defend'. Zac says he he'll be home soon to help, and asks whether he should pick up his younger brother, Aiden, from basketball. Heather is grateful and says this would allow her more time to put clothing protection kits together and make preparations.