FESA is encouraging people to make a bushfire survival plan on Bushfire Safety Day (Saturday 27 October), which takes place during Bushfire Action Week (October 21-28)
Today, brigades in various locations in the South West are holding events to encourage people to be aware of bushfires and how to reduce your risk.
FESA Director Community Engagement Suellen Shea said that making a plan was critical.
“If you already know what you will do when a bushfire occurs you will save yourself a lot of panic and potential heartache,” she said.
“Your plan will help you avoid making last minute decisions that could put you and your family at risk during a bushfire.
“It’s really important to prepare and practice your plan with all members of your family or household before the start of the bushfire season.”
Ms Shea said there were a number of factors to consider when planning.
“You need to decide if you will leave for a safer place, which may be to relocate to family or friends, or stay to actively defend your home,” she said.
“You need to know when your plan will be put into action and take into account what you will do when the Fire Danger Rating is severe, extreme or catastrophic.
“It’s likely you will lose power and water so you need to be prepared for that especially if you are planning to stay.
“Leaving early is always the safest option but if you do choose to actively defend you need to have all the appropriate equipment such as protective clothing, an independent water supply of at least 20,000 litres and a petrol diesel or a generator powered pump.”
Ms Shea said everyone’s bushfire survival plan would be different depending on individual situations and circumstances.
She said the most important thing was to make the time to sit down and make the plan.
“Don’t procrastinate another day or leave it until later because later could be too late,” she said.
“Make sure you write it down, give everybody their own tasks and have a list of actions to take if there is a bushfire.