Time to test fire plan

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - OPINION -

HILLS house­hold­ers have been urged to put their fire emer­gency plan to the test as part of prepa­ra­tions for the bush­fire sea­son.

The Shire of Mun­dar­ing’s an­nual “test your bush­fire sur­vival plan day” re­turns on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 29, from 6.30pm to 7pm.

Shire Pres­i­dent John Daw said the on­line event helped peo­ple pre­pare them­selves for the bush­fire sea­son.

“Ev­ery five min­utes dur­ing the event, par­tic­i­pants are pre­sented with a dif­fer­ent sce­nario which is de­signed to get you and your fam­ily think­ing about how you would re­spond to the sit­u­a­tion in real life,” he said.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity to test in real life if your plan con­sid­ers every­thing needed to keep you and your fam­ily safe.”

Cr Daw said peo­ple were en­cour­aged to have a draft plan pre­pared be­fore the event.

“It’s im­por­tant every­one in your house­hold knows what to do in case of an emer­gency,” he said.

“We've pre­vi­ously run this event on a week­end when fam­i­lies are more likely to be at home to­gether, how­ever fires don't al­ways just oc­cur on week­ends – peo­ple need to be pre­pared for any sit­u­a­tion.”

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to sign up for the event page on the Shire’s Face­book page and par­tic­i­pate with their fam­i­lies. Al­ter­na­tively, the ques­tions will be avail­able to down­load as a PDF af­ter the event.

In­for­ma­tion sheets are avail­able at www.mun­dar­ing.wa.gov.au, or call the Shire for a free prop­erty in­spec­tion and tips on re­duc­ing fuel loads.

The bush­fire sur­vival event was a fi­nal­ist in the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment’s WA Re­silience Aus­tralia Awards last year.

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