Now, I'm not a melodramatic person. But this is the kind of planning that can actually save your life and the lives of your loved ones. So if you live in a risk area puh-lease put some time into your bushfire plan.
Obviously, I'm all about planning, and I believe I could successfully plan a beach party at the North Pole. However, I still believe some planning is best left to experts - stuff experts, not planning experts. There are a number of Bush Fire Survival Plans available online, and I'm not about to try and do an expert's job for them! So let me point the way ...
If you are a fellow Victorian, I'd recommend downloading the CFA (Country Fire Association) app to your phone or tablet, to receive timely information about fires in your area.
"Fire agencies recommend having a kit ready at all times during the bushfire season. Keep your survival kit in a familiar place and make a list of items you will need to locate quickly in your home.Your kit should include:
- Battery-powered radio (with spare batteries)
- Protective clothing for each person, including long-sleeved cotton or natural fibre tops, pants, overalls, sturdy protective shoes or boots with woollen socks, hats, face masks, towels, eye protection such as goggles.
- Medicines you're taking and a first aid kit
- Overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries
- Special needs for infants, the aged and people with disabilities
- Important information including passports, wills, photos, jewellery, insurance papers
- Pet food, water and bedding
- Mobile phone and charger
- Up to ten litres of water per person (should last three days)
- Canned food items with can opener and utensils
- Wool blankets
- Strong plastic bags
- Contact information for essential services and locations of local bushfire shelters"