IMPORTANT BUSHFIRE INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS & VISITORS
Bush Fire Risk Management Planning
Bush fires are part of the Australian landscape. Bush fire management in NSW is a cooperative effort of the whole community.
The majority of Rosedale is vulnerable to this type of fire event. We need to be vigilant and reduce fuel loads and other areas of possible fire threat to our homes and local environment.
All residents in North & South Rosedale need to take responsibility for our own fire protection.
The message from the RFS is clear - “If it's your property, it's your fuel and you are legally responsible for reducing hazards”. Please click on this LINK for further information.
Where residents are concerned about neighbouring properties they can either contact the Eurobodalla FCC or make a complaint online.
The involvement of local fire authorities, landowners, land managers, planning authorities and local communities are very important and activities in a mix of actions and strategies to minimise the potential for bush fire to affect life, property and the environment is an absolute necessity.
Bush fire management is more than just fire fighting and hazard reduction, although these are important elements. It involves a risk planning process which includes identifying assets within a community at risk of bush fire, assessing that risk and developing specific strategies to deal with those risks.
To assist in bush fire management, local Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMCs) along with input from local communities prepare a Bush Fire Risk Management Plan (BFRMP). To find out more about BFRMPs click here.
The work an individual does to prepare their property also plays a critical role in bush fire management. No matter what broader strategic measures are taken, if your property is not prepared then embers will find somewhere to land and cause spot fires.
Prepare. Act. Survive. for the bush fire season
Bush fires are a natural part of the Australian environment and occur regularly, but many people fail to prepare for them. When threatened by bush fires, people will often leave it too late to make critical decisions and often have few safe options left.
That’s why you need to PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE.
That’s why you need to PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE.
You must make important decisions before the fire season starts.
A Bush Fire Survival Plan is one of the best ways to help improve the safety of you and your family before the impact of, or during a bush fire.
Preparation is not just about cleaning up around the house and having a plan. It is also about making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness. Prepare yourself and your family for bush fires.
Regardless of your decision to Leave Early or Stay and Defend, you still need to prepare your property against the threat of a bush fire.
The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions
Part of knowing what to do is knowing the Bush Fire Danger Ratings.
The Fire Danger Ratings should be your first trigger for activating your Bush Fire Survival Plan. The safety of you, your family and your home may depend on it.
During periods of increased fire danger and when there is a bush fire in your area,
it’s important that you stay up to date.
Information can be found in a variety of places and formats. For more details on
what information is available visit our Information during bush fires page.
Fires may threaten without warning so you need to know what you will do to survive
The levels are Advice, Watch And Act and Emergency Warning.
These alert levels are used as a fire spreads.
During a fire, you need to follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. That means you should have already decided if you are going to Leave Early or Stay and Defend your home.
The safest option for you and your family during a bush fire is to leave early.
Sometimes, things don’t go to plan. That’s why you need a back up plan
Neighbourhood Safer Places have been introduced for this reason. You should check if there is a Neighbourhood Safer Place near you and note it in your Bush Fire Survival Plan.
During a bush fire, it’s important you have ready access to items which may save your life. Find out what you should put in your Emergency Survival Kit.
The heat from a bush fire can kill you. That’s why it’s important to wear clothing that will not only protect you from the heat but also from smoke and embers. Know what to wear during a fire to give you the best chance of survival.
During periods of increased fire danger and once a fire starts, you need to stay up to date. Know where you will get information during a fire