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Media Release

Travelling this season? Are you ready for bushfire and cyclones?
Tuesday 15 January 2013 – 11:00 AM

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is reminding travellers and campers to travel smart during the summer holidays. 
 
DFES Assistant Commissioner Country Chris Arnol said those planning a trip needed to check the bushfire and cyclone risk in their destination, pack an emergency kit and have a back-up plan. 
 
“If you’re heading off for an adventure during the summer holiday period you need to be prepared and know what you’re heading into,” Assistant Commissioner Arnol said. 
 
“At this time of year there are bushfires in the south and cyclones in the north so travellers and campers must plan their journeys carefully.

“Always have a map of the area you are travelling to and a survival kit in your vehicle with a portable battery operated radio, protective clothing, torch, spare batteries mobile phone, first aid kit and enough food and water for at least four days.
 
“You should also advise family of your route, monitor local conditions and be prepared to change your travel plans if you need to.”
 
Bushfires have already threatened areas in the Great Southern and Perth metropolitan regions this season, and tropical cyclones have begun to form off the North West coast of WA.
 
Assistant Commissioner Arnol said that travellers exploring the State must pay particular attention to warnings.
 
“Check the DFES website and listen to local radio regularly so you can stay up to date,” he said.
“The last thing you want is to find yourself in the middle of an incident, simply because you didn’t have a map, didn’t listen to local radio and didn’t stay up to date.
 
“You should enjoy your time away but if you’re exploring our State you need to know what roads are closed and be aware of any warnings that are in place so you can act to keep yourself safe.”
 
A Total Fire Ban prohibits the lighting of any fires in open air and any other activities that may start a fire. The ban includes all open air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping. 
 
Fire Danger Ratings are the best way to find out the bushfire risk in a new area.
 
To keep up to date with alerts and warnings, Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans, or for more information about travelling during the bushfire and wet seasons visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au 
  
Bushfire travel tips
• Pack a map and survival kit.
• Tell family and friends your travel plans and route.
• Know the Fire Danger Rating for the area you are travelling to.
• Keep up to date with current incidents by checking the DFES website (www.dfes.wa.gov.au), calling the information line (1300 657 209) listening to local radio or following DFES on Twitter (@dfes_wa).
• Save the DFES Information Line (1300 657 209) in your mobile phone.
• Know if there is a Total Fire Ban in place by visiting the DFES website or calling the TFB Information line on 1800 709 355.
• Be prepared to change your travel plans on hot, dry and windy days.
• If you’re staying overnight find out what the local bushfire safety plans are and ask for information on alternative exit routes.
 
Cyclone travel tips
• Pack a map and survival kit.
• Tell family and friends your travel plans and route.
• Know what the cyclone alert levels mean.
• Be prepared to change your travel plans if a cyclone warning is in place.
• Know the community alerts system and the steps that must be taken for each.
• Cyclones can cause heavy rainfall and flooding which may cause roads to close so be careful when driving, obey road closure signs and check road conditions by contacting Main Roads on 138 138.
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current. Do not park or camp in a dry river crossing.
• Keep up to date with current incidents by checking the DFES website (www.dfes.wa.gov.au), calling the information line (1300 657 209) listening to local radio or following DFES on Twitter (@dfes_wa).
• Save the DFES Information Line (1300 657 209) in your mobile phone.
• Obey road closure signs.
 

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