BUSHFIRE READINESS

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DECEMBER  BUSHFIRE INFORMATION

MONTHLY THEME 

Please see attached the December Bushfire Ready (BFR) Monthly  Theme Fact Sheet Understanding the Bushfire Warning System and Emergency  Alert.

There is also a ‘snippet’ below that can be used for a link  to facebook pages or websites.

Understand the Bushfire  Warning System Alert Levels

During a bushfire, emergency services will provide as much  information as possible

through a variety of channels.

DFES issues Community Alerts for bushfires that threaten  lives and properties. 

The alert level changes to reflect the increasing risk to  your life and the decreasing

amount of time you have until the fire arrives. 

More information can be found at 

http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/warningsystems/Pages/default.aspx

Please feel free to forward the attached Monthly Theme Fact  Sheet and the snippet information on to your Bushfire Ready Groups, community  networks and anyone that would benefit from this information.

 ABC1 Catalyst  disaster behaviour special – ‘Don’t panic’ if you missed  it…

ABC1 (TV) Catalyst program broadcast a special feature on Sunday December 1 at 7.30 called “Don’t Panic; Surviving  Extremes” which uses live scenarios to demonstrate how people behave in  disasters and why plans, and practicing plans, are so vital. I have attached a  document that provides some background information on the  program.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/dontpanic.htm – link to the program

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3900777.htm – link to transcript and additional preparedness information mentioned in the  program

http://www.bom.gov.au/weather-services/catalyst/   – Bureau of Meteorology information and images that were used in the program as  well as the bushfire and cyclone scenarios

This major TV event  was put together with the assistance of the BoM, NSW RFS, NSW SES, Dr Rob  Gordon, Prof Sandy MacFarlane and some funding came from EMA.

ARE YOU  BUSHFIRE READY?

 Western Australians are being asked “Are you ready?” for the  bushfire season as part of  a new State Government media campaign that was  launched on 1 December 2013.

 The “Are you ready?” campaign centres on the message that  bushfire preparedness is a “shared responsibility” and encourages the community  to make necessary preparations for the season.

Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith fronts the  campaign along with representatives from each of the State’s fire services. This  includes the Bushfire Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and  Rescue Service and Volunteer Fire Services.

A series of television advertisements will air for the  duration of the season and a number of events that aim to raise awareness of  bushfire will occur as part of the multi-faceted campaign.

I have attached the ‘Are you ready?’ poster that can be  printed and displayed at brigades, units, groups, local government  offices/venues and other community and business places as well as links to  websites and facebook.

I will forward more details as they come to hand while the  campaign continues over the summer months.

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HEALTHY VOICE SURVEY

Dear All

Perth South Coastal Medicare Local invites you to participate in our Healthy Voice survey. This survey provides Perth South Coastal Medicare Local with detailed information about the health needs of our local community, and areas where we can work together to improve local health outcomes.

Please help us by forwarding this email within your local networks.

The survey will approximately take 10 minutes to complete.  To thank you for your time taken to complete this survey, you have the opportunity to win one of five $50 Coles Group and Myer Gift Cards.  To be eligible for a prize, we must receive your response no later than 5.00 pm, Friday 20 December 2013.

To start the survey, please click on one of the links below:

Consumer: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SurveyConsumer

Healthcare Professional: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SurveyHealthProfessional

For any further information regarding this survey, please email healthyvoice@pscml.com.au

Kind Regards

Suzanne Taylor

Manager Strategy and Policy

Perth South Coastal Medicare Local