The online Q&A will take place in the window below around the following topic:
The Stay or Go Policy was replaced with a broad range of options to help people survive bushfire – with an emphasis on leaving early. How effective has the leave early message been for your community?
Can community resilience and local planning make a difference in high risk areas? How do we put bushfire risk on the agenda of Victorians after two wet summers?
You can pre-submit questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or just login and ask them during the chat.
Questions received so far include:
“Our information campaigns and programs for years already tell/teach people what they can/should do to improve their own position if hit by fire threat. This goes from spoon feeding with personalised advice to stuffing the community/media with information at large. While we always achieve little wins with lots of effort, the vast majority of the community does not get active, whatever we offer, unless fire hits close to home.
Should we not saddle the horse the other way round and have CFA communicate our limits, we cannot guarantee to help you, the only one who can - is yourself (and then talk of leaving early etc.)? When a Captain told a packed fire station after the Canberra fires that there won’t be a CFA truck in every driveway - that hit home.”
“Mick, the community seems to have moved from Stay or go to Wait and see. If the reality really is that the majority of the community won’t leave early but will wait and see, is our campaign too much about the best of all possible worlds rather than dealing with reality? Can you talk about the stubborn gap between what we want people to do and what we know they will do.”