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Community preparedness and responses to the 2017 New South Wales bushfires

Source(s):  Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC)

This report presents key findings, analysis and recommendations from a review of community preparedness and responses to bushfires in New South Wales, Australia, in 2017. The research team was tasked with reviewing the following themes:

Theme 1: Information and warnings

  • The effectiveness of warnings delivered to the community during fire events and the resulting actions taken
  • Did the warnings and information provided assist people to reduce the risk to agricultural assets?
  • The delivery of Catastrophic fire danger messages to areas which were not impacted by fire, to investigate whether this may have an effect on future responses during fire events
  • How people sought out information relating to the fires
  • What were the drivers and motivators for those people who sought to reenter fire grounds? What was their perception of the risks associated with doing so?

Theme 2: Planning and preparedness measures

  • An understanding of the perception of risk, particularly in the farming communities affected by fires
  • Responses by the community and how people prioritised their protective responses (such as livestock, machinery and housing)
  • The perception of risk to and value of agricultural assets vs homes
  • What influence previous fire history had on their planning, preparedness and decisions
  • Identified intervention strategies
  • What information or advice people sought out in the lead up to the specific fire event

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  • Community preparedness and responses to the 2017 New South Wales bushfires
  • Publication date 2018
  • Author(s) Whittaker, J.; Taylor, M.
  • Number of pages 154 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 978-0-6482756-0-2 (ISBN)

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