DFES is gearing up to host an emergency preparedness week in Busselton and Dunsborough, to raise awareness and community engagement for the fast-approaching bushfire season. The week features multiple events, such as planning sessions, community workshops, burn information and street meets. With 90 per cent of Western Australia being bushfire prone, it is vital people in the South West be prepared for any potential risks. “We’ve certainly been well briefed by the Bureau of Meteorology this year, saying that we can expect to see hotter than average periods through the bushfire season,” DFES Lower South West regional superintendent, Philip Brandrett said. “We’ve already had an early start to the season with arecent fire in this last week, over in Corrigin and then it got up to an emergency warning. We’ve had a fire in Yallingup and we’ve had a fire in the Shire in Nannup, so there’s been fires that have actually moved quite rapidly.” Mr Brandrett said the idea for bushfire preparedness week started with the idea of collaborating with agencies such as the Red Cross, the police, country health, NBN and the City of Busselton. “We wanted to run a trial in the area of Dunsborough and use bushfires as the theme this year, but we could focus on another hazard in the future,” he said. “Its really just a trial to see how all of the agencies working and sharing that level of responsibility with the community in that given area to prepare for the hazard of bushfires.” DFES has come up with a list of multiple actions people can take to better prepare their properties for bushfires. “If you go to the Emergency WA website, at the top of the page, there’s a preparedness tab and all you have to do is click on that tab and every resource related to the hazard they’re seeking (is there),” Mr Brandrett said. “In particular with a bushfire it will link them to the My Bushfire Plan and they can go to the website, or they can download the app to their smart device and work with their family to identify their plan to help keep them safe. “Everyone should think about three key decisions when making their plan: when will they leave, where will they go and how are they going to get there. “ Emergency preparedness week runs between October 31 to November 4. For more information head to busselton.wa.gov.au/events/dunsborough-and-surrounds-emergency-preparedness-week/11159.