ARE you prepared and ready is the question Mundaring shire residents should be asking themselves in the lead up to the bushfire season.
With Bushfire Action month already underway and continuing throughout October, a number of community events will be held locally and throughout WA to help people ready themselves for the upcoming bushfire season.
Shire President David Lavell said bushfires were part of living in Western Australia, particularly in the hills areas.
“We cannot stress strongly enough that people cannot afford to be complacent about bushfires,” Cr Lavell said.
“We live in a high-risk area and bushfires will strike again.
“We’re acutely aware of the potentially devastating consequences of a bushfire as we saw in the Parkerville fires in 2014.”
According to Cr Lavell local volunteers will be holding a series of community events which will provide the community with an opportunity to get to know your neighbours, discuss your bushfire plan and learn about what you can do.
He added that establishing a connection to your community was one way to enhance you and your family’s safety if a fire occurs.
“We are fortunate in the Shire of Mundaring to have a close knit community, as one of the most common ways that people find out about a bushfire is being alerted via family, friends and neighbours,” Cr Lavell said.
“Communities that prepare for the bushfire season together can share information and encourage each other to prepare and learn about each other’s plans in the event of a bushfire.”
Residents are encouraged to get together with neighbours and friends and read through the DFES publication Prepare Act Survive.
Cr Lavell is also advising people to familiarise themselves with the new DFES Fire Chat campaign which involves a series of simple questions.
“If we all work together starting now, we will give ourselves the best chance of surviving a bushfire,” he said.
Events taking place in the Shire of Mundaring during Bushfire Action Month can be found on www.munda
ring.wa.gov.au and via social media.
The shire’s Do You Have a Fire Plan video, featuring Brett Davies, captain of the Chidlow Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, will also provide some useful tips.
If you need help to prepare a fire plan, go to the shire’s Fire and Emergency page on the website and if you would like advice on how to best prepare your property, call the shire and ask to speak to a fire hazard inspection officer on 9290 6666.