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Research findings: community interviews after fire

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Community Safety, Planning & Research

  5.00 PM 24 February, 2015


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The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Hazard Note 004 provides a summary of seven post-bushfire interview studies conducted in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales from 2009-2014.

The studies were conducted at the request of fire agencies, including CFA after Black Saturday in 2009. Their purpose was to inform agencies about how residents understood bushfire risk, planned and prepared for a possible bushfire, and responded to a serious bushfire event.

Key findings show that a significant percentage of residents interviewed did not believe that they were at-risk and neither planned nor prepared for a possible bushfire, and that only 5% of the 1760 people interviewed had a written bushfire survival plan.

View Hazard Note 004 on the the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC website.

Last Updated: 24 February 2015