DO you know what to do when a bushfire threatens your area?
As the Tasmanian fire season approaches, it is important to have a plan and know your options.
Community Protection Planning is an innovative, national award-winning initiative which assists in identifying safety options during a bushfire threat.
The Tasmania Fire Service works closely with communities, local government, service providers and other government agencies to create a plan and implement risk management strategies.
Each plan is tailored to the individual community to best suit its needs.
Tasmania Fire Service’s bushfire risk mitigation manager Chris Collins said it was important for people to be prepared, regardless of whether they chose to stay at their property or leave it.
“Understanding risks and taking steps to mitigate them is important for all members of the community, but especially those living in bushfire prone areas,” he said.
“We want to make sure that people are informed, prepared and ready for when a bushfire strikes.”
Each plan provides advice on how to:
Prepare – getting your home bushfire ready, making a bushfire survival plan and making sure your insurance policy is up to date;
Act – where to receive updates on weather and Fire Danger Ratings and how to put your bushfire survival plan into action when the threat is imminent;
Survive – making sure everyone is safe, whether you choose to stay or leave your home.
There are currently 120 plans in place across the state, with five new plans being developed this year for release prior to the fire season in Currie, Dover, Grassy, Naracoopa and Southport.
To see your local area’s plan, visit www.fire.tas.gov.au.