Bushfire Action Month - Are You Ready?

​Above: Fire Hazard Inspection Officers Dan Heptinstall and Allan Entwistle with Shire President David Lavell.

ARE You Ready? That's the question everyone should be asking themselves in the lead up to the bushfire season.

Bushfire Action Month is underway and will continue throughout October, with a number of community events being held within the shire and throughout WA to help people prepare for the upcoming bushfire season. 

Shire President David Lavell said bushfires were part of living in Western Australia, particularly in the hills areas.

"We cannot stress strongly enough that people cannot afford to be complacent about bushfires – we know we live in a high-risk area and that bushfires will strike again. We are acutely aware of the potentially devastating consequences of a bushfire as we saw in the Parkerville fires in 2014," Cr Lavell said.

"To help people prepare, local volunteers are holding a range of community events within the shire – this is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours, discuss your bushfire plan and learn about what you can do."

Cr Lavell said connecting to your community was one way to give you and your family the best chance if a fire occurs.  

"We are fortunate in the Shire of Mundaring to have a close knit community, as one of the most common ways that people find out about a bushfire is being alerted via family, friends and neighbours," he said.

"Communities that prepare for the bushfire season together can share information and encourage each other to prepare and learn about each other's plans in the event of a bushfire."

Cr Lavell encouraged all residents to get together with neighbours and friends and read through the DFES publication Prepare Act Survive. He also recommended people familiarise themselves with the new DFES Fire Chat campaign which involves a series of simple questions.

"If we all work together starting now, we will give ourselves the best chance of surviving a bushfire," he said.

Events taking place in Shire of Mundaring during Bushfire Action Month will be regularly communicated via the website, www.mundaring.wa.gov.au and social media.

The shire's Do You Have a Fire Plan video, featuring Brett Davies, Captain of the Chidlow Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, will also provide some useful tips.

If you need help to prepare a fire plan, go to the shire's Fire and Emergency page on the website. If you would like advice on how to best prepare your property, call the shire and ask to speak to a Fire Hazard Inspection Officer on 9290 6666.

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