STATE OF ALERT DECLARED FOR THE ACT & EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED ON FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020

A State of Alert was declared for the ACT on Thu 2 January 2020. ACT Emergency Services Commissioner Georgeina Whelan has been appointed the Emergency Controller. The State of Alert is about preparedness. As a community we must all be prepared ahead of more extreme weather conditions in coming days. The State of Alert that has been put in place will ensure emergency services are able to be as responsive as possible to any risks of bushfire.

For all updates in relation to the State of Alert, please visit the ESA website at esa.act.gov.au or follow ACT ESA on Facebook and Twitter.

BE PREPARED Develop a Bushfire Survival Plan and discuss with family and friends what you would do in the event of a bushfire. A carefully thought out plan could save your life, the lives of family members, your neighbours, your pets and farm animals and your home. Don’t forget to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours during these extreme weather events.

HELPFUL GUIDES TO DEVELOPING A BUSHFIRE SURVIVAL PLAN

EMERGENCY SERVICES AGENCY (ESA) website at:

https://esa.act.gov.au/cbr-be-emergency-ready/resources-plans/bushfire-survival-plan

RED CROSS website at:

https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/looking-after-yourself/how-to-prepare-for-a-bushfire

STAY INFORMED WITH MOBILE PHONE APPS OR THESE WEBSITES

FIRES NEAR ME app or https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

ABC LISTEN APP: The official emergency broadcaster.

AIR QUALITY: AIRRATER at https://airrater.org or go to: https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/population-health/environmental-monitoring/monitoring-and-regulating-air

ROAD CLOSURES:

Canberra: https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/roads-and-paths/act_public_road_closures

NSW: Live Traffic: https://www.livetraffic.com/desktop.html or download app

WHEN TO PHONE 000

Emergency Services have asked that you only phone 000 if you can actually see FLAMES from a fire or have a life-threatening emergency.

Please do not phone 000 to report smoke.

OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES

  • NSW Rural Fire Service https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
  • Australian Red Cross https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate
  • GIVIT http://givit.org.au/  – if you want to donate goods and services
  • Lifeline https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or call 131 114 if you need support
  • HealthDirect (if feeling unwell in the heat and smoke) call 1800 022 222
  • WIRES wildlife rescue https://www.wires.org.au
  • Your local ABC RADIO will also provide up-to-date fire and evacuation information.

P2/N95 MASKS FOR PEOPLE MOST AT RISK FROM SMOKE EXPOSURE

The ACT Government has advised that P2/N95 masks are being delivered to pharmacies for people who are most at risk of the health impacts of smoke. Masks will be available through the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service for their clients.

The groups of particularly sensitive individuals who will be able to access these masks, if they choose, include:

  • People with existing chronic lung and heart conditions, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, and heart disease
  • All pregnant women, and
  • People over 65 years of age.

Each eligible person will receive two masks at the pharmacy.

ACT Health recommends that people with lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive airways disease, asthma or emphysema, and people with chronic heart conditions, should seek advice from their medical practitioner prior to using these masks. For further information visit the ACT Health website at: https://health.act.gov.au/…/heavy-smoke-and-hot-conditions-…

In regards to retail sales of masks, some may be available at Canberra pharmacies and hardware stores.

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