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  • Useful Bushfire tips!

    A thread for all the useful tips the community has. Tips, website, apps, info sources only - no politics, no blame, no weather discussion! Just tips which may help others.

    I will start

    RFS website for NSW:

    https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-info.../fires-near-me

    CFA Vic Emergency:

    https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-...-and-incidents

    RFS and Digital Earth hotspots in real time overlaid:

    https://bit.ly/2sBKD9z

    Tip: Connect a long hose to your washing machine tap in your laundry. Make sure it is long enough to reach your roofspace (and have a ladder ready to get into it). Makes it much easier to defend against ember attack, reach high gutters, etc. Obviously only for ember attack. Still have wheelie bins filled with water and mops (in case of loss of water pressure), outside hoses, gutters filled with water, etc.

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    The VIC Emergency map has moved from the CFA site to:
    http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

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    • #3
      Thanks for the correction Andy!

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      • #4
        Get a battery powered radio and have it tuned in to your local ABC radio station, they're an absolute gold mine of info and help. Most alerts and messages come through text messages, phone calls or facebook (if you're subscribed). The problem is that the mobile phone towers are sometimes the first things to go in a fire, due to their elevated location and usually being out of sight in the 'bush'.

        If you have a chest freezer, or dedicated big freezer, sacrifice a bit of storage room for a few clean 2 or 3 litre milk bottles (as long as they're square shape) full of water. These are good to keep an icebox/esky cold with some food, and when they melt you have a clean source of drinking water if your supply is compromised.

        If a bushfire is approaching and you've decided to stay and defend, have a mop sitting in a bucket of water. Use the wet mop, not a hose, to put out embers around your house.

        The time to make your decision to leave is when the authorities tell you, not later that day, or the next day, you may well not have enough time and the exit roads may well be blocked by then. I had a bloke wanting to go into a fire zone to pick up his dog/cat/horse/goldfish, etc who said, "Geez, I probably should have done this yesterday" (when the RFS had told that area to evac).

        If the police/fire brigade/RFS/traffic controllers tell you a road is blocked and you can't go it, it's blocked and you can't go in. Just because you can't see a 'flame', it doesn't mean there's no danger. There's heaps of things going on in the fire zone that are hazardous, such as visibility issues due to smoke, fallen trees/power poles, fallen power lines (which may still be live), animals charging out of a fire towards you. There's also emergency services running around, facing the same issues (especially in relation to visibility) and the last thing they need is another car in the fire zone to worry about.
        Last edited by Lovey; 7th January 2020, 04:31 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lovey View Post
          Get a battery powered radio and have it tuned in to your local ABC radio station
          It's been a godsend for people when phones & internet went down. In my hometown of Moruya however the ABC's FM transmitter on Mount Wandera ended up getting burned down on New Year's Eve, so it might be worth noting alternative ABC frequencies along with the radio, as you can usually always pick up an AM signal for further afield.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by CoffeeHack View Post
            It's been a godsend for people when phones & internet went down. In my hometown of Moruya however the ABC's FM transmitter on Mount Wandera ended up getting burned down on New Year's Eve, so it might be worth noting alternative ABC frequencies along with the radio, as you can usually always pick up an AM signal for further afield.
            AM is being phased out. All country stations have to convert to digital. It keeps getting put off and I don't know the final date but it will be made to occur. Digital does not transmit well though smoke. AM does mainly I think because it's a more powerful signal and its more broad band.

            Mike

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            • #7
              Originally posted by speleomike View Post
              AM does mainly I think because it's a more powerful signal and its more broad band.
              Longer wave length probably helps too...
              I wonder if any of this has been raised with the decision makers re: poorer performance of DAB(+) compared to AM in less than optimum conditions. Seems like it should be...

              Mal.
              P.S.
              Just checked on the bands being used for DAB+ in Oz, which is VHF, so should be good for all but the most horrendous of conditions. I don't think smoke would bother it excessively but if the smoke contained a significant ash/particulate matter load, then that may pose an issue.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dimal View Post
                Longer wave length probably helps too...
                ...
                Just checked on the bands being used for DAB+ in Oz, which is VHF, so should be good for all but the most horrendous of conditions. I don't think smoke would bother it excessively but if the smoke contained a significant ash/particulate matter load, then that may pose an issue.
                Longer wavelength - yes. VHF does not go the distance. It, and hence DAB, is suitable for local area transmissions only.

                Mike

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                • #9
                  Beg to differ re: VHF...

                  Have used this band during the most horrendous of conditions at sea (during gales with loads of sea spray and heavy rain), during dust storms, you name it. Works just fine...

                  Mal.

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