As we approach the bushfire season this summer, fire preparation during COVID-19 will be a little different this year. During COVID-19 restrictions, if another lockdown is enforced, you can of course leave your home during an emergency or if your home is unsafe. Furthermore, if you’re in quarantine or isolation, have recently tested positive to COVID-19, are a close contact, or experiencing symptoms, you must alert emergency services of your situation if you attend an emergency relief centre or community fire refuge.
As a part of your bushfire plan, it’s crucial that you assemble an emergency kit that contains an overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries, medicines and first aid kit, important information such as passport, will, photos and jewellery. Of course, you’ll also need your mobile phone and charger, adequate amounts of water, wool blankets, and contact information for your doctor, council and power company. Don’t forget the essential supplies for your furry friends too. Considering the current pandemic and forever changing restrictions, also add additional face masks, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to your emergency kit.
It’s key to keep in mind that some ‘leave early’ destinations may not be available due to COVID-19 restrictions as some public venues may be closed. Furthermore, if you are planning to stay with friends and relatives, consider alternative arrangements if they’re elderly or immuno-compromised to reduce the risk of vulnerable people being exposed to COVID-19.
Stay safe this fire season.