I am proud to say (on behalf of ALL Victorians) that there were NO deaths.
Sure houses were lost, along with photos and animals, but NO HUMAN lives.
Thank-you - you listened to the information provided over the previous 5 years.
There are still issues with people being unable to leave big animals, but I do believe these people have now realised, leaving early to a better location is better AND safer, than staying put.
Once again the fires threatened my door, threatened my family, threatened my friends and neighbours. Once again I collected them, like a child collects their favourite toys.
That way I knew they were safe and I felt better knowing that.
Friends in Kilmore watered down and saved their house, without them being there. Friends in Wallan left early and didn’t worry about the house - they were fully insured.
Once again the Southern 80 was taking place and once again my husband and I did the property checks for them
But NO lives were lost, not even in Warrandyte, where many thought they were in 'the city' and didn't have to worry about fire plans.
Did you know that Wallan and Warrandyte are the same distance from the GPO? (35km) Betcha ya didn't know that!
No matter, country or city, if you live in Australia it IS POSSIBLE for you to come under attack from the very Australian Summer risk called Bushfire.
It's not a myth, It can and DOES happen.
So be prepared and you will live, don’t and you could possibly die.
When was the last time you discussed YOUR fireplan with your family?
When was the last time, you thought what to take in case of emergency?
When was the last time you thought about a safe refuge, that as a family you could meet, IF telecommunications where lost?
What plans do have in place, IF you can't load, a website that you consider to a essential to your fire plan?
Think about it, discuss it and remember………. The CFA is only there to protect assets, NOT PEOPLE, NOT PETS, NOT ANIMALS and certainly not fences and the like.
Get out and live or stay and face the possibility you may die if you haven't planned well enough.
Read my blog, comment on my blog, feel free to do so. It's from my experiences from Ash Wednesday to Black Saturday and beyond. Read it, learn from it and remember only YOU are responsible for YOU. NO ONE ELSE
Stay Safe, the Bushfire season is not over YET. It's only February 2014