Bushfire Season – Be Prepared!

With all of the rain that’s been around, bushfires are probably the last thing on most local’s minds. However, in reading an article recently that highlighted the emergency neighbourhood safety places (NSP’s) for Mudgee and surrounding townships, we thought it to be something that our readers should be made aware of.
 
Here are a few things to help prepare you for bushfire season:
 
  1. Clear gutters and dead foliage near your home.
  2. Have a ‘get out plan’ in case you find yourself in a bushfire situation.
  3. Keep a pack handy for power outages – radio, torches, candles & matches, non-perishable foods, water, batteries, blankets or towels, shoes.
  4. Remember your pets and have a plan for how you’re going to move them if needs be.
  5. Do you have a dam or water tank that can generate flowing water? Have a plan for how you can use these if you need to fight fire or dampen surrounding areas of your home.
  6. Rehearse your ‘get out plan’.
Most importantly though, is to ensure you get out when you can. Don’t wait until the last minute, because as we sadly learnt with the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria last year – fires move fast, and you don’t want to wait until it’s too late. Please remember to prepare your home and family for bushfire season.
 
By the way, Mudgee’s NSP is the Mudgee Showgrounds on Nicholson Street.

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