Article written by 96five Intern – Sha Robinson
It’s so easy to forget that when September rolls back around we are already in the thick of bushfire season (which officially starts in August). Here is a handy guide on how to prepare for the worst and safely enjoy the remainder of the year!
- Be aware!
It’s essential to be aware of the location where you live to understand the necessary steps to minimise risk. Some questions you should ask yourself are;
- Is your home surrounded by bushlands?
- Are you living on a slope?
- Is there a history of bushfires in your area?
- Do you have an up to date safety plan?
- What is the Fire Danger Rating in your area?
- Make an emergency plan!
In order to minimise panic and confusion in potential emergency situations it is important to create an emergency plan. This should at least consider;
- Emergency numbers
- A designated meeting place
- Consider multiple scenarios!! Here is a form to help you plan out your survival plan
- Know when to defend or flee, here are some checklists for defending against bushfires
- Prepare Family/House Mates!
You want to make sure everyone in your home is on the same page and aware of plans and practices. Here are a few ways you can keep everyone in the loop;
- Have some printed emergency plans in common areas (e.g. on the fridge, in the laundry, bathroom wall etc.)
- Communication is essential so make sure you also verbalise any plans or changes in plans
- Make sure everyone is aware of the fastest and safest exits from each part of the house
- Stop! Drop! Cover! Roll!
- Educate yourself on fire safety!
Know how fire works! How to avoid smoke. Know what feeds and controls fires.