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Decision delay - defend or evacuate

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Community Safety, Planning & Research

  6.28 PM 4 July, 2013

Location: General

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Why do many residents of bushfire prone areas delay their decision to defend or evacuate until the day of a bushfire?

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Note 112 outlines research into community preparedness undertaken in the Perth Hills over the 2011/2012 bushfire season. Findings show that to the surveyed residents, there is a lack of difference in the attractiveness between the options of defending a house or evacuating. This Fire Note discusses this finding, and presents opportunities and obstacles to overcoming the problems associated with decision delay. 

View this Fire Note, and all previous issues, at

Fire Notes are research summaries in easy to understand language from the Bushfire CRC, which is conducting research into the social, environmental and economic impacts of bushfires.

Last Updated: 04 July 2013