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Media Release

Your voice can help the State prepare for bushfire
Wednesday 17 April 2013 – 7:00 AM
How Western Australians prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from bushfire will be examined in a new online survey that has been launched by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

People have the opportunity to take part in the survey that seeks their opinion on the State’s current level of bushfire preparedness as well as their concerns, stories and suggestions.

This information will be used to shape the Department’s current bushfire programs. These programs are aimed at improving the community’s understanding of bushfire risk and to increase levels of bushfire preparedness.

DFES Community Engagement Director Suellen Shea said the survey was one way the community could participate with every suggestion and comment to be reviewed. 

“As we are coming to the end of the bushfire season now is a good time to reflect on what has happened in the past, what we have learnt and how we all can improve for the future,” Ms Shea said.

“Whether you live near dense forest in the South West, among the trees of the Perth Hills or near bush in the suburbs of the metropolitan area we would like to hear from you.
“Bushfire preparedness and response is everyone’s responsibility so this is an opportunity for people to help enhance our work for the benefit of the entire State. 
“Results from the survey will form the basis of our planning and will help the community prevent, prepare for and cope in an emergency.”
In January, about 300 North West residents took part in the Department’s first online survey that explored the effects of cyclones and floods. This new survey is the first for bushfire.
Designed to take 15 to 20 minutes, the survey includes questions on how people would like to be informed of bushfire, and seeks their opinions on bushfire preparedness, response, resilience and support in the community.

People have until 3 May 2013 to complete the survey.                                                                                                         
To access the survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CX8CFWB or the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website at http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au.
If you have any questions about the survey contact DFES Community Engagement Coordinator Rachel Jones on 9395 9704.
Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955.


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