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Media Release

Prepare. Act. Survive. this bushfire season
Friday 6 November 2009 – 10:15 AM

The Prepare. Act. Survive. document launched today will assist people in getting ready for what is predicted to be a busy bushfire season.


Bushfires can start suddenly, often without warning, and can cause great devastation, injury and death, which is why people living near bushland must get ready now.


FESA Chief Operations Officer Craig Hynes said people needed to prepare their home and develop a bushfire survival plan so they can act during a fire to survive.


“People should focus on their survival as a priority as homes can be rebuilt,” Mr Hynes said.


“Being in a bushfire may be one of the most traumatic experiences you will ever have.


“This is why leaving early if a fire starts, hours before it reaches you, will always be the safest option for you and your family.


“Fires can be very frightening, it will be unbearably hot and you will be surrounded by smoke, flames and loud noises which will make it very hard to think clearly or make good decisions.


“It is vital that you protect yourself and your family by ensuring you have a bushfire survival plan in place.”


Mr Hynes said it was not enough to have a general idea of what you would do in a bushfire, people needed to be proactive in planning long before a fire occurred.


“Your bushfire survival plan needs to be written down and put in a place where everyone can find it,” he said.


“Your plan may vary depending on who is at home and cover what you will do if things went wrong.


“It is your responsibility to reduce the risk to your family and home, and take actions to survive the bushfire.


“The more you prepare your home, the better chance of survival you and your home will have.”


People should also decide where they will go, how they will get there, what will happen to pets and what belongings they will take.


“These are all considerations that can’t happen at the last minute, they need to be well thought out and actions decided on now.”


‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ guide is available on FESA’s website at www.fesa.wa.gov.au or by calling 9323 9816.

 

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