MINDFUL MONDAY PART ONE

THIS POST IS THE FIRST ONE OF OUR FAMILIES FIREPLAN..IT CAN BE ADAPTED FOR MOST SITUATIONS AND IS BY NO MEANS PERFECT BUT WORKS FOR US.

IF YOU CAN USE ANY OF THESE IDEAS THAT WOULD BE GREAT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THEN THAT TOO IS GREAT.THIS IS FOR MY HUBBY AND I AND OUR PETS..ALWAYS TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION GUESTS YOU MAY HAVE AND HOW TO ACCOMODATE THEIR NEEDS.

THE GENERAL PRE SEASON PREPARATION…

DURING SPRING WE CLEAN UP ANY OUTSIDE AREAS THAT HAVE DOWNED TREES AND GENERAL SCRUB THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL..WE HAVE A GOOD CLEARANCE AROUND OUR HOUSE AND MAKE SURE WE KEEP IT CLEAR.

ON 11 ACRES WE WILL NEVER BE TOTALLY SAFE..THIS IS THE FIRST THING……DO YOU KNOW YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION..IF NOT YOU NEED TO HAVE AN ALTERNATE PLAN TO BEING AT HOME..IN A CRISIS YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT TO DO AND THIS CAN BE FATAL. YOUR ANIMALS WILL SENSE YOUR FEAR AND REACT ACCORDINGLY THIS CAN ADD TO THE STRESS.AN EMERGENCY MAY BE ONGOING..BUSHFIRES CAN RAGE FOR A LONG TIME FOR EXAMPLE AND SOME PEOPLE DON’T REALISE THEY WILL BE ACTIVELY PROTECTING THEIR PROPERTY FOR DAYS..ARE YOU UP TO THIS..IF NOT THEN YOUR PLAN SHOULD BE TO BE OUT OF YOUR HOME.

NOT ALL EMERGENCIES ARRIVE AT CONVENIENT TIMES..WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,WHILE YOU ARE AT WORK OR AWAY FROM HOME..WHAT ABOUT YOUR PETS DO YOU HAVE BACK UP PLANS.

AT THE MOMENT WE HAVE NO ACCESS TO OUR HIGHWAY FROM THE NORMAL ROUTE DUE TO A BRIDGE BEING REPLACED..WE HAVE TO HAVE ALTERNATE ROUTES AND THEY ARE BOTH LONGER THAN OUR USUAL ONE. EVEN A WELL KNOWN ROAD OR ROUTE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSHFIRE CAN BE TREACHEROUS AND AS UNFAMILIAR AS A STRANGE ROAD.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH TRAFFIC WILL BE ON THE ROAD ALL TRYING TO LEAVE AT ONCE.

DURING BLACK SATURDAY THE STREET LIGHTS CAME ON IN THE AFTERNOON THE SKY WAS BLACK AND ASH WAS FALLING..VISIBILTY IN THE FIRE AREAS WAS ZERO AND MANY PEOPLE PERISHED ON THEIR OWN ROADS,ROADS THEY TRAVELLED DAILY BECAME DEATH TRAPS.

THERE WILL BE WILDLIFE HURT CONFUSED AND WANDERING ROADS,STOCK,HORSES CATS AND DOGS COULD BE ALSO ON THE ROADS.TREES COMING DOWN AND ROADS BLOCKED OFF.

IS YOUR CAR ALWAYS FULL OF PETROL OR GAS DURING A DANGEROUS SEASON,ESCAPING WITH LIMITED PETROL IS NOT AN OPTION,YOU MAY BE TRAVELLING A LONG TIME.

ALL THESE THINGS NEED TO BE CONSIDERED AND BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF ON YOUR CAPABILITIES.

DO YOUR FAMILY KNOW OF YOUR MOVEMENTS IN A CRISIS..HAVE YOU TOLD FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES AND NEIGHBOURS WHAT YOU WOULD DO..THIS SAVES THEM TRYING TO FIND YOU WORRYING ETC..PHONES GO DOWN,MOBILES LOSE RECEPTION…ENSURE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.ENSURE THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE ALL HAVE THE PLAN IN THEIR MINDS TOO,IF YOU ARE NOT HOME AND THEY ARE,IF KIDS ARE AT SCHOOL WHAT IS THE PLAN,THE MORE YOU ALL TALK AND GO THROUGH THE DRILL TOGETHER THE LESS LIKELY CONFUSION SETS IN.

I FOR ONE DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO FIGHT A FIRE AND PROTECT MY HOME,I DO NOT WANT TO BE IN A BUSH THAT IS BURNING I DON’T HAVE THE MENTAL OR PHYSICAL STAMINA TO DO SO.WITH THIS IN MIND I ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT IF I AM STUCK HERE,WHERE AM I SAFEST WITH MY ANIMALS AND HOW DO I KEEP MYSELF AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

ANOTHER GOOD IDEA IS TO HAVE A ‘DRY’ RUN..PRACTICE LEAVING AS IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY..YOU MIGHT FRIGHTEN YOURSELF AT JUST HOW LONG IT TAKES!! WE DID THIS LAST SEASON WHEN AN EARLY FIRE BROKE OUT…I WAS DISGUSTED WITH HOW UNPREPARED I ACTUALLY WAS..THIS BRINGS ME TO ANOTHER POINT..PLANS ARE ALWAYS EVOLVING..YOU WILL FIND THEY CHANGE AS YOU GET MORE IDEAS,THROW OUT SOME OTHERS (EXAMPLE I HAD BEEN CARRYING HUGE PHOTOS IN FRAMES WITH ME BEFORE I REALISED THAT I WAS BEING STUPID,I HAD SMALL PRINTS OF THE SAME PHOTOS,AND IN REALITY WOULD JUST GET THEM REDONE AS IF THE HOUSE BURNED DOWN I WOULD HAVE NOWHERE TO HANG THEM ANYWAY AND WOULD HAVE TO REPLACE THE FRAMES SO WHAT WAS I TAKING UP CAR SPACE FOR???)

SO WITH ALL THIS I CONTINUE. WE BURN OFF DURING SPRING,CLEAN GUTTERS OUT,CHECK FOR GAPS IN DOORS AND WINDOWS ,WE HAVE APPS ON OUR MOBILES WITH EMERGENCY ALERTS IN OUR AREA FROM BOTH THE CFA ( COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY) AND EMERGENCY AUS..I AM SURE OTHER COUNTRIES WILL HAVE SIMILAR APPS..IF NOT ASK YOUR SERVICES WHY NOT!! WE ALSO HAVE A RADIO SCANNER,THIS IS IN THE KITCHEN TURNED ON ALL THE TIME,WHEN I LEAVE THE HOUSE IT IS IN MY CAR AND WHEN I WALK AROUND THE PROPERTY IT IS HOOKED ONTO MY JEANS..IT SCANS THE FIRE AND POLICE BANDS AND GIVES ME REAL TIME INFO ON EMERGENCIES,MY FACEBOOK GETS ALERTS ALSO FROM THESE SAME SERVICES AND ALSO THE BUREAU OF METEROLOGY .WE WATCH THE WEATHER AND ALSO TOWNS HAVE FIRE RATING DANGER SIGNS THAT LET US KNOW THE FIRE RISK FOR EACH DAY.

THEN I PACK.

ALL HARD COPY PHOTOS,DOCUMENTS AND THINGS THAT SIMPLY CANNOT BE REPLACED (GRANDMAS CHINA ETC) IS MOVED TO A RELATIVES HOUSE WHO IS IN A SAFE AREA. FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T DO THIS I SUGGEST PERHAPS A SAFE BOX AT A BANK,A STORAGE UNIT MAYBE SHARE THE COSTS WITH NEIGHBOURS ,SCAN HARD COPY PHOTOS ,IF YOU WORK IN A SAFE AREA PERHAPS THERE IS AVAILABLE SAFE STORAGE THERE,MAYBE SUGGEST IT AFTER ALL WE ALL LIVE IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DISASTERS AND NEED TO LOOK AT USING THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

ONCE I HAVE ALL THESE SAFELY OUT I SET ABOUT MY GO PACK..I HAVE TWO DIFFERENT CRITERIA,ONE IS IN MY CAR ALL THE TIME ALL SEASON,THE OTHER IS IN THE ROOM CLOSEST TO THE DOOR I WOULD LEAVE BY.

THE REASON BEING I CANNOT LEAVE CERTAIN THINGS IN MY CAR IN SUMMER HEAT..LAPTOPS,CAMERAS,MEDICINES,ETC..SO THESE ARE INSIDE.

WHEN SORTING OUT YOUR GO PACK THINK BEYOND A DAY ,ESPECIALLY FOR YOUR PETS..

THINK OF THE PARTICULAR REASON YOU ARE GOING..FIRE FLOOD EARTHQUAKE TYPHOON HURRICANE CYCLONE BLIZZARD..ALL REQUIRE DIFFERENT THINGS TO BE PACKED IN REGARDS TO THE ‘WEATHER’ BUT STILL REQUIRE SIMILAR EMERGENCY THINGS.

EVERYONE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT GO PACK BUT THEY SHOULD ALL HAVE SOME VERY BASIC AND VERY IMPORTANT ITEMS.

MY NEXT MONDAY BLOGGIE I WILL LIST THESE ITEMS..IT IS QUITE DETAILED SO I SHALL SAVE IT FOR THEN.

I HOPE YOU ALL STAY SAFE IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS AND THAT MOTHER NATURE HAS NOTHING BUT SUNNY SMILES FOR YOU 🙂