THIS Sunday, more than 250 Springbrook homes will be doorknocked by Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) volunteers and staff delivering important safety messaging that could save lives in a bushfire disaster.
The annual doorknock targets the Gold Coast hinterland suburb, which is considered a very high-risk area, and will focus on educating residents on the different levels of community warnings that can be broadcast in the event of a bushfire emergency.
RFSQ South Eastern region Bushfire Safety Officer Peta Miller-Rose said volunteers from Springbrook Rural Fire Brigade, Volunteer Community Educators and other staff and volunteers from throughout the region would take to the streets on Sunday.
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“We will be pushing for residents to take the time to understand the three levels of community warning: Advice, Watch and Act, and Emergency Warning,” she said.
“If an Advice is issued, residents need to monitor conditions. Once the warning reaches a Watch and Act level, residents need to be aware that conditions are changing and they need to start taking action. Residents are in danger if an Emergency Warning is issued and need to act immediately.
“In the event of a bushfire, it is critical that if residents hear these warnings on radio, see them on TV, online or on social media they can recognise if they are in immediate danger and take the appropriate action.
“Ensuring residents have a current Bushfire Survival Plan and being familiar with the nearest Neighbourhood Safer Place are also messages we will be pushing to make sure that people are as bushfire-prepared as possible.”
This is just one example of the bushfire education activities undertaken by RFSQ in the South Eastern region in the lead up to and during bushfire season.
“Community education is such a large part of reducing the risk of losing life and property, should a bushfire take hold, and we take that part of our job very seriously,” Mrs Miller-Rose said.
“With co-operation from residents, we can better achieve our goal of keeping communities safe in emergency situations.”
For more information on community warnings, Bushfire Survival Plans, Neighbourhood Safer Places or organising a bushfire community presentation, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.