Saturday, November 23, 2013

Everybody out!!!

The current State Bushfire Safety message issued by bushfire authorities states:

 “On a ‘Code Red’ day,  ALL residents of high-risk areas 
are advised to leave the night before or early in the day.”
 This is NOT POSSIBLE to achieve:
logistically, socially, emotionally or practically.

For traders and businesses to shut up shop; for families to pack up and relocate infants, school children, aged parents and pets; for farmers to desert their animals; for doctors to abandon patients and for hospitals to outsource their ill is not a workable solution.

Exit roads can become impassable –  trees fallen, bridges down, spot fires .

There are many financially needy, aged and disabled rural residents who normally rely on others for transport. At a time of evacuation, the usual ‘lift’ may plan to stay and defend. Or, if evacuating, piled high as their car will be with their own family, pets and possessions, there may not be room for an extra person. Especially if they use a wheelie-walker or wheelchair. The planned destination of the usual ‘lift’ may not be that of the hopeful passenger.

Will ‘evacuation of all residents’ include 
every patient from every hospital & nursing home 
& every prisoner from every gaol ?

To be transported to where? Melbourne or Geelong? On the hottest days? Ambulances and prison vans all streaming along on roads congested with every evacuating resident from every rural town?

Or to will only the medical staff and prison officers evacuate – and leave the patients and prisoners to their own devices?

What of animal hostels, horse studs and vetinerary clinics?  
Will the staff evacuate and leave the animals – some ill in cages - to their fates?

Or will they evacuate the animals with them, travelling in confined quarters for long distances on the hottest days, subject to death from heat stress?

The community MUST be advised of safe options other than evacuation.
People MUST be advised of the ways to achieve the three options of safe defence and safe shelter as well as the option of safe evacuation.

Essential Bushfire Safety Tips and The Complete Bushfire Safety Book explain every option in detail.