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The times of peak fire danger over Australia. Note the tendency for summer/autumn to be the danger period in the southern States, and winter/spring in the north
Relationship between the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) and extreme fire danger days in Victoria. Dangerous conditions, with serious bushfires, are much more likely in southeastern Australia during the summers of El Niño years (negative SOI), than La Niña summers (positive SOI). (Courtesy of Harvey Stern and Mark Williams, Bureau of Meteorology)
Bushfire Survival Plan
Whether you live in the city, on the urban fringe or in regional or rural Queensland, it is essential you have a Bushfire Survival Plan.
Your bushfire survival plan details how you’ll prepare and what action you will take if threatened by a bushfire. A well-prepared home has an increased chance of survival in a bushfire.
During a large-scale event, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) will not be able to place a fire truck at every property so it is therefore even more important to have a solid plan in place.
The first step is simple, make a commitment to do it! Your plan must be written down and practised regularly and should take into consideration the ages and physical capabilities of everyone in your household including children and elderly residents.
Your plan needs to take into account what you will do based on the Fire Danger Rating (see page 3). On days of catastrophic and extreme fire weather the QFRS advises that people leave the area well in advance of any fire (the night before or early in the morning is recommended). So you need to decide under what conditions you will stay (if any) and when it would be best to leave well in advance of a fire.
Children, the elderly and those who are vulnerable are advised to leave well before a bushfire threatens and should not be part of any plans to stay with your property.Click here to prepare your bushfire survive plan.
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You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke. For Queensland residents, that can be just about anywhere.
In 2009 Queensland experienced one of its worst bushfire seasons on record and at one point firefighters attended 4491 vegetation fires across the state over a 36-day period. In many cases homes and lives were at risk and residents were faced with the decision to stay with their property or leave the area early.
The PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE magazine is full of information that will help you to prepare your home and your family for bushfire season. It will assist you in making the decision to stay or to leave and will outline the steps you need to take as a result of your decision. You can download a copy here, or contact us for a paper version.
Please take time to sit down with your family and discuss your bushfire survival plan and what steps you will take to PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE. this bushfire season.
Some important facts in the PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE Magazine have been highlighted in a smaller brochure. Please click here to download this brochure as a PDF (1.5mb)
The PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE series of videos is available to watch on YouTube. These videos will help you prepare your home and your family for bushfire season. It will assist you in making the decision to stay or to leave and will outline the steps you need to take as a result of your decision.
A brochure has been developed as a guide for travellers when travelling in Queensland during the bushfire season.
Queensland has adopted a new national Fire Danger Rating Index (FDRI). This includes two new levels of severe and catastrophic.
The new FDR is used as a trigger for the level of advice and messaging to the community when a bushfire starts.
There are three types of alert messages - Advice, Watch and Act, and Emergency Warnings.
Advice messages keep people informed and up to date with developments on a fire.
Watch and Act messages advise people to take action to prepare and protect themselves.
Emergency Warnings, accompanied by a siren sound effect, advise that you must take action immediately, as you will be impacted by the fire.
The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is also used when bushfire threatens life. The siren sound effect is the same used for cyclone warnings.
These messages are delivered through local TV and radio. However, you should not expect that detailed information will be available every time there is a bushfire.
Fire Danger Ratings
A fire with a rating of ‘catastrophic’ may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. The flames will be higher than roof tops. Many people may be injured and many homes and businesses may be destroyed.
During a ‘catastrophic’ fire, well-prepared and constructed homes will not be safe. Leaving is the only option for your survival.
A fire with an ‘extreme’ rating may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. The flames will be higher than roof tops. During an ‘extreme’ fire, people may be injured and homes and businesses may be destroyed.
During an ‘extreme’ fire, well-prepared and well constructed homes may not be safe. Leaving is the only option for your survival.
A fire with a ‘severe’ rating may be uncontrollable and move quickly, with flames that may be higher than roof tops. A ‘severe’ fire may cause injuries and some homes or businesses will be destroyed.
During a fire with a ‘severe’ rating, leaving is the safest option for your survival. Use your home as a place of safety only if it is well prepared and well constructed.
A fire with a ‘very high’ danger rating is a fire that can be difficult to control with flames that may burn into the tree tops. During a fire of this type some homes and businesses may be damaged or destroyed.
During a fire with a ‘very high’ danger rating, you should use your home as a place of safety only if it is well prepared and well constructed.
A fire with a ‘high’ danger rating is a fire that can be controlled where loss of life is unlikely and damage to property will be limited.
During a fire with a ‘high’ danger rating, you should know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.
A fire with a ‘low to moderate’ rating can be easily controlled and pose little or no risk to life or property.
During a fire with a ‘low to moderate’ rating, you should know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.
Neighbourhood Safer Places
The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission Interim report recommended that people need a range of options to increase their safety in the event of bushfire.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) recommend that all people living in a bushfire prone area have a personal Bushfire Survival Plan. This document about 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. In other words, 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.
- Your plan was to stay but the extent of the fire means that your home cannot withstand the impact of the fire and therefore your home is not a safe place to shelter.
- 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 QFRS 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
Click on your local government area below to view the designated NSP locations in your area. If there is not an NSP currently identified for your area, continue to monitor this site for updates.
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 (radio, mobile phone, internet, etc).
- 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 possible new fire fronts from other directi ons.
- Once you have arrived at your NSP (open space), some actions to consider include:
- Continually listen/seek/monitor further information in relation to the fire by whatever means of communication you may have (radio, mobile phone, internet etc)
- As fire approaches – seek protection from radiant heat and embers as best you can. Attempt to cover any exposed skin with blankets/clothing. You should lie flat on the ground during the passage of the fire front.
- Remain vigilant for possible new fire fronts from other directions.
Remember to complete your Bushfire Survival Plan to ensure that you and your family are prepared and know what to do in the event of a bushfire. For information about how to develop your own Bushfire Survival Plan click here.
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