#myplanis – to have a fire safe summer

Thanks for visiting the #myplanis page.  You will find below some useful resources to help you plan for a range of events which you might be faced with this summer, and indeed at any time.  The most important thing you can do is to have a plan.  The second most important thing you can do is to share that plan.  We therefore encourage you to share your fire plans publicly on social media and in person with your friends and family this summer.  Any queries about resources you can direct to myplanis@elthamcfa.org.au and we’ll provide lots of information for you.

“My Plan Is” is a new campaign where you can share your fire plans with friends, family and colleagues via social media through the uploading of short videos, images or statements, telling the watcher / reader what your plan is in the event of a major fire affecting you.

Think about an action which would finish the sentence “My plan is…”, and take ownership of the action. This can then become your own plan and you can make it real. Saying it out loud or writing it down will help you remember it and know it when you need it.

From an operational point of view, a plan to attack a going fire needs to be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely), but from a community engagement standpoint a plan can be the above things but it also needs to have S.O.U.L.

Specific, Owned, Understood, Lived.

Specific – succinct, short, to the point and task oriented
Owned – it needs to be “my” plan. Not someone else’s plan
Understood – communication of the plan needs to be simple and targeted so as to be properly understood
Lived – tried and tested regularly, and acted upon

The statement “My Plan Is…” can be contextualised into different situations.

  • Before fire season
  • During fire season
  • When travelling
  • The day before a “bad day”
  • On a “bad day”
  • When in an area where a warning is issued
  • If being impacted by fire
  • After a fire

So your plan can be thought about as below:

#myplanis

Before fire season

During fire season

When travelling

The day before a “bad day”

On a “bad day” 

When in an area where a warning is issued

If being impacted by fire

After a fire event

  • to support my community in its recovery

Get involved

You can get involved simply by sharing a video, image or message about your fire plan using the hashtag #myplanis. To get the most reach, make sure you make the posts public so everyone can see it too. Run a planning meeting with your neighbours, and live broadcast it. Post your full list on your site, or show us what it looks like on your fridge.

So many people ask what a fire plan looks like, take a look at everyone else’s plan and share what you come up with.

If you would like access to the source materials for helping your own brigade or social group plan for fire this summer, email myplanis<at>elthamcfa.org.au and we will send you the full #myplanis kit.

Need some more inspiration?

Visit the CFA main website at https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare and take a look at some of the resources available there.  Once you have a plan, don’t forget to write it down and share it!

#myplanis to stay safe this summer.

Make sure that this is your plan too!