Australia — The Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Lin Thorp, has joined with the Tasmania Fire Service in encouraging Tasmanians to look at how to they can protect their homes from bushfires at the launch of the TFS 2010-11 bushfire awareness campaign. This years campaign includes advertising on television, print, Facebook and YouTube as well as the Fire Services new, free Bushfire Survival Plan.
Ms Thorp said 150,000 copies of the planning document would be distributed this month as inserts in the states three daily newspapers.
This plan gets residents to answer a series of questions, to help develop a plan that suits each specific households circumstances, she said.
It looks at a number of issues associated with responding to a bushfire including whether to leave early or stay and defend, emergency contact details and fire danger ratings.
Ms Thorp said this years campaign includes a greater emphasis on the leaving early message.
She said people who werent planning to stay and defend their home should plan to leave early.
Fleeing at the last minute ahead of a bushfire is very dangerous, she said.
I would urge Tasmanians to look at the TFS Bushfire Survival Plan material and begin planning now to keep safe during the fire danger season.
Ms Thorp said the Bushfire Survival Plan could also be found on the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.