#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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Before fire season
- to keep my house clear of debris and fire fuel
- to prepare my plan for the fire season ahead
- to help others plan and understand fire risk
- to burn off safely in accordance with local regulations
- to register my burnoff
- to join my local community fireguard group
During fire season
- to use the Vic Emergency app to stay up to date with fire danger ratings
- to understand my own risks
- to practice my plan with my family and loved ones
- to register with My CFA to get updates and information directly
- to keep my gutters clean
- to prepare a fire response kit
- to know what warning and information messages mean
- to read “Your guide to survival”
- to clean and check my air conditioner / evaporative cooler
- to take the Fire Ready Quiz and see how prepared I am
- to get to know the local area as best I can
- to get a feel for the risks of the local area and talk to locals
- to know which fire district applies to me
The day before a “bad day”
- to prepare my home as I may not be able to be there
- to know my trigger points to leave
- to know what I will take with me
- to pack my valuables and essential items, ready for action
On a “bad day”
- to use “Can I Can’t I” to know what I can and can’t do
- to leave early if I feel the risk is too great
- to act without hesitation
- to make sure my kids understand what to do if I’m not there
- to stay away from high risk areas
- to look after my pets and animals and make sure they can be easily identified
- to know the safe places and escape routes in my area
- to take responsibility for my own safety and that of my family
- to check in on loved ones or neighbours and make sure they are safe
- to make sure my property is defendable if I plan to stay and actively defend
- to have a backup plan
When in an area where a warning is issued
- to heed emergency warnings and act accordingly
- to remain calm and alert
- to enact my fire plan
- to never drive through smoke
If being impacted by fire
- to stay calm
- to think before I act
- to protect myself from radiant heat
- to get to a safe area a soon as practical
After a fire event
- to support my community in its recovery
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!