Bushfires burning across Tasmania

Our thoughts are with our fellow Tasmanians at the moment with various bushfires burning across the state. We encourage people to be well-prepared always, but particularly at these times. Planning can be increasingly important for people living with mobility issues. The Tasmanian Fire Service website is a great source of up-to-date information, and their philosophy of ‘Prepare, Act, Survive’. http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colbushfirePrepareActSurvive

Familiarise yourself with you Community Protection Plan, and be prepared to leave quickly. It is important for people with mobility issues to not isolate yourself: speak to your family members, friends or neighbours about your fire safety plan. Keep a phone near your bed and be ready to call 000 if a fire occurs.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, there are six ways of contacting emergency services. If you find yourself in an emergency which is either life threatening or where time is critical, you can contact fire services, police or ambulance:

  • By TTY – dial 106
  • By internet relay – and ask for triple zero (000)
  • By captioned relay – and ask for triple zero (000)
  • By SMS relay – text 0423 677 767
  • By video relay – login to Skype and contact one of the NRS contact names
  • By ordinary phone – dial 1800 555 727 and ask for triple zero (000)

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