Bush­fire sur­vival plans to pro­tect hu­man life and prop­erty

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

QUEENS­LAND Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices (QFES) rec­om­mend that all peo­ple liv­ing in a bush­fire-prone area have a per­sonal Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan.

Neigh­bour­hood Safer Places (NSP) should be read in con­junc­tion with the Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan guide­lines.

When a bush­fire threat­ens, whether your de­ci­sion is to leave early or stay and de­fend your prop­erty, you should use an NSP only in the event that your Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan fails.

An NSP is a place of last re­sort.

An NSP is a lo­cal open space or build­ing where peo­ple may gather, as a last re­sort, to seek shel­ter from a bush­fire.

Use of an NSP may be your con­tin­gency plan when:

Your Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan has failed.

The fire has es­ca­lated to an ‘ex­treme’ or ‘cat­a­strophic’ level and vol­un­tary evac­u­a­tion is your safest op­tion.

The main pur­pose of an NSP is to pro­vide some level of pro­tec­tion to hu­man life from the ef­fects of a bush­fire. Your NSP will not guar­an­tee safety in all cir­cum­stances.

The fol­low­ing lim­i­ta­tions of an NSP need to be con­sid­ered if you plan to use one as a last re­sort:

Fire­fight­ers may not be present, in the event that they will be fight­ing the main fire front else­where.

NSPs do not cater for an­i­mals or pets.

NSPs do not pro­vide meals or ameni­ties.

NSPs may not pro­vide shel­ter from the el­e­ments, par­tic­u­larly fly­ing em­bers.

If you are a per­son with spe­cial needs you should give con­sid­er­a­tion to what as­sis­tance you may re­quire at an NSP.

Although QFES can­not guar­an­tee an im­me­di­ate pres­ence dur­ing a bush­fire, ev­ery ef­fort will be made to pro­vide sup­port as soon as re­sources are avail­able.

You should iden­tify the travel time and dis­tance to your iden­ti­fied NSP.

You should in­clude this in­for­ma­tion in your Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan.

You should up­date your plan ev­ery year prior to the bush­fire sea­son and con­firm that your iden­ti­fied NSP has not changed lo­ca­tion. You should not drive through fire af­fected ar­eas to get to your NSP

Once you have ar­rived at your NSP (build­ing) some ac­tions to con­sider in­clude:

Con­tin­u­ally lis­ten/seek/mon­i­tor fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to the fire by what­ever means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion you may have. As fire ap­proaches – en­sure all doors and win­dows are sealed as best as pos­si­ble.

When fire has passed – if safe to do so, check for fires and em­bers out­side – ex­tin­guish if pos­si­ble. Re­main vig­i­lant. For more in­for­ma­tion and how to pre­pare for bush­fire sea­son visit www.ru­ral­fire.qld.gov.au. The com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged to pre­pare.

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