A report has been released today into community preparedness and responses to the Tathra and Reedy Swamp bushfire in March 2018.
The report by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, which this week found out it will no longer be funded by the Morrison Government, was commissioned by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Key findings centre around the need to educate people further about the role that embers play in spreading bushfire into built-up areas; the dangers of late evacuation; providing greater clarity in official warning messages and how warnings may not be delivered in the event of power or technology failure.
The RFS says it will continues to review and refine its approach to public information and warnings and the structure and content of warning messages, and says it is piloting the use of Community Field Liaison teams to provide consistent messages and advice on the ground.
A key summary of the report can be found at: