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Be aware, prepare your pets for bushfires
WITH the bushfire season ahead of
us, the Australian Veterinary Associa-
tion (AVA) is warning of the serious im-
pacts of bushfires on Australian wild-
life and pets.
AVA President, Dr Robert Johnson
said it's critical to include pets in your
"With so many Australians living
in bushfire zones it's vital that they're
prepared for an emergency, and that
includes pets if you're lucky enough to
be a pet owner.
"Don't wait until it's too late. Start to-
day by making a plan and preparing a
"Planning is the key and it can not
only help save human lives but also
save pets' lives.
"The decision to evacuate or stay at
home is always a critical one.
"Try to confine your pets to the saf-
est enclosed room of the house, such
as the bathroom, where they can be
quickly collected if you need to leave
urgently, and make sure you have their
carry cages and leads on hand.
"Put together an emergency kit for
your animals with lots of non-perish-
able food and water in spill-proof con-
tainers," he said.
"If you become separated from your
pet in an emergency evacuation advise
local vets, animal welfare shelters and
"It's crucial that your pet is micro-
chipped and registered with the local
council to make it easier to be re-united
in an emergency," he said.
Fires don't just threaten people, their
homes, pets and livestock, but the wild-
life that make their homes in bushes,
hollow logs, trees and underground.
"While it's absolutely tragic when
wildlife is destroyed or injured in a
bushfire it's important not to put your
own life at risk when rescuing an ani-
"Extra care should be taken with ven-
omous or aggressive animals.
"If you find injured or orphaned wild-
life call your nearest wildlife rescue
organisation or local vet," Dr Johnson
Contact your local vet for help putting
together a disaster kit for your pets so
evacuation goes smoothly for your en-
The AVA is currently running a
campaign Be Aware, Prepare! to raise
awareness of the importance of plan-
ning for natural disasters -- for all ani-
Prepare now for summer storms
WITH hot weather already here,
electricity distributor AusNet Servic-
es is urging property owners to clear
vegetation from private powerlines
to reduce the likelihood of summer
storms causing power outages.
AusNet Services' Regional Custom-
er and Community Manager, Leesa
Penaluna, said that despite the com-
pany's large vegetation management
program, keeping powerlines clear
is a responsibility shared between
electricity businesses and community
"Residents need to keep vegetation
on their property clear of their service
cable or private electric lines.
"We spend more than $40 million
on our annual vegetation management
program inspecting and then clear-
ing about 135,000 trees from 50,000
kilometres of powerlines throughout
our network to ensure a safe and re-
liable supply of electricity to custom-
ers," Ms Penaluna said.
"Importantly, property owners also
have a responsibility to keep vegeta-
tion clear from their service cable or
private electric lines supplying their
"Summer storms bring
strong winds and heavy rains, so
now is a good time to clear vegetation
and reduce the potential for property
damage and power outages.
"Under no circumstances should
property owners attempt to climb a
power pole or prune vegetation near
"Please contact a suitably trained
and experienced contractor to carry
out the clearing work," she said.
To help you manage summer storms
and possible power outages AusNet
Services suggests you:
• Have emergency contact details
• Have a fully charged torch with
fresh batteries and a battery-operated
• Ensure mobile phones are fully
• If your garage door is electric, en-
sure you know how to open it manu-
• Have a backup pump if you rely
on mains electricity for your water
• Time permitting, turn your fridge
and freezer to a cooler setting to
maintain food freshness.
• During or after a storm, prop-
erty owners are encouraged to report
threatening trees or damaged pow-
erlines to AusNet Services' 24-hour
faults hotline 13 17 99.
"When property owners provide
accurate and timely information, we
are able to pinpoint threatening tree
locations and damaged powerlines
and send crews directly to those loca-
tions," Ms Penaluna added.
AusNet Services advises people to
keep well away of fallen powerlines at
all times and report it immediately to
the 24-hour faults hotline. Further in-
formation is also available on AusNet
Services' website at www.ausnetser-
Plan and prepare for the bushfire season
AS the hot and dry weather approach-
es, most of us are getting excited for an
active season of beaches, fun in the sun
and socialising. But unfortunately for
some, it's a potentially disastrous time
of the year, and the fear of the summer
bushfire season starts sinking in.
The threat of losing homes, everything
they own, and the safety of their loved
ones feels closer.
Although the Australian bushfire
season is inevitable, the severity of its
effects can be reduced if you take a pro-
active stance and prepare your home
Tips for preparing your
home and family
• Clear vegetation: Clearing away tim-
ber, dead vegetation, rubbish, under-
growth, overhanging branches and long
grasses surrounding your house helps
to reduce the materials that can feed an
• Protect your valuables: Prepare
for safe storage to save your photos,
important documents, valuables and
medication. Consider a fire resistant
safe or cabinet, or at the least, have your
valuables in one place to they can be
gathered quickly in the case of an emer-
• Family planning: Take some time,
sit down with your family and create a
plan. Ensure all family members know
exactly what to do in the event of a fire.
• Survival kit: Ensure you have a
survival kit pre-prepared that includes:
protective clothing, first aid kit, masks,
woollen blankets, torches, portable ra-
dio and drinking water.
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