Central Queenslanders urged to understand bushfire warnings

WHAT would you do if you heard a Watch and Act message over the radio? Not sure?

The Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is urging Queenslanders to familiarise themselves with bushfire warnings to avoid confusion during an emergency.

RFSQ Central Regional Manager Brian Smith said during a bushfire incident, different warning messages could be issued to provide valuable advice to residents in an affected area.

"Emergency services personnel issue community warning messages through media and social media channels during significant bushfire incidents," Mr Smith said. 

"Community warning messages are used to inform residents of threat to properties, time to impact, the direction and strength of the fire and of the steps residents must take to survive.

"It's essential for all Queenslanders to educate themselves and their families and understand the levels of warning now to ensure they aren't confused or panicked if a community warning message is issued for their area this bushfire season."

Mr Smith said there were four levels of messaging which could be issued as an event escalated. 

Advisory: There is a fire in your area, there is currently no threat to property; there is no action required;

Advice: There is a fire in your area, there is currently no threat to property, but stay informed and consider taking a series of preparatory actions;

Watch and Act: There is a fire in your area, you could be impacted and should prepare to enact your bushfire plan; and

Emergency Warning: There is a fire in your area, you need to enact your Bushfire Survival Plan immediately and prepare for impact.

"If a community warning is issued in your area, you must tune into your local news broadcaster as emergency services personnel will be providing local radio with the most up to date information as it comes to hand," he said.

"Warnings are not only issued by the media or on social media platforms. Firefighters, State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers or police may be doorknocking in the area or you could receive an Emergency Alert message on your mobile or home phone with advice on the situation and where to go for further information."
 



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