The Western Australian State Government has now launched the 2015-16 ‘Are You Ready?’ bushfire campaign, which calls upon everyone in the community to play their part in preparing themselves, their family and property for bushfires.
Launched by the Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Environment and Minister for Energy on 11 October 2015 at the Perth WACA Ground, the ‘Are You Ready?’ campaign is fronted by the WA Twenty 20 cricket team - the Perth Scorchers - who know first-hand the importance of working together to achieve the best possible outcome.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said with summer around the corner now is the time to prepare for bushfires.
“It’s hard to predict where or when the next major bushfire will occur, however what we do know is fires will strike this summer,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“As we have seen in recent years, bushfires can have a devastating toll on the community - everyone needs to ensure they are bushfire ready.”
“Sit down with your family and create a bushfire survival plan – this will help you and your loved ones understand the actions you all need take if there is a bushfire and avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly during a bushfire.
“You also need to prepare your property - simple actions such as cutting long grass, pruning back trees, clearing your roof gutters and removing rubbish from around your property can minimise the impact of bushfire.
“Preparing for bushfires is a shared responsibility and everyone needs to play their role to ensure we as a community are as prepared as possible.”
To keep up-to-date during a bushfire visit dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES or listen to radio emergency broadcasts.
For an example on how to prepare check out Joshua Crooked Brook Bush Fire Brigade member Peter Robsinson's recent interview
with ABC Open South West WA.
How to prepare for bushfires
Prepare a bushfire survival plan:
- Develop a bushfire survival plan that outlines what you will do if a bushfire occurs.
- This plan will help you take action and avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly during a bushfire.
- Don’t forgot to factor in your pets and/or livestock- during a bushfire they will need water, shelter and a safe place to stay.
- Practice your plan regularly with your family, write it down and make sure everyone knows where it is.
- Install a mesh guard on your air conditioner.
- Rake up leaf litter and remove rubbish from around your home.
- Prune overhanging trees and shrubs.
- Keep grass short.
- Keep gutters free of leaves.
- Store flammable liquids, chemicals and firewood away from your home.
- Put in firebreaks.
- If you plan to stay and actively defend your home, you will need an independent water supply of at least 20,000 litres, a generator and pressure pump.
- Have an emergency kit ready to go in case you evacuate or are cut off during a bushfire.
- This kit would include essential supplies such as a radio, spare batteries, torch, first aid kit, woollen blanket, emergency contact numbers, water and non-perishable food.
- On the day don’t forget to add essentials such as your wallet/purse, car and house keys, medications, phone and charger and important documents.