A new research project is seeking to learn from the bushfire experiences of residents of the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and South Coast as well as visitors from the Illawarra who were in those regions when the bushfires hit, to assist the New South Wales Rural Fire Service continue to improve community bushfire safety.
Conducted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the University of Wollongong for the NSW Rural Fire Service, researchers want to hear directly from both residents and visitors about their fire preparedness and response to the bushfires across NSW in 2019/20.
Lead researcher Dr Josh Whittaker said the views of anyone who was affected by the fire are important. “Your experience is unique and can help make a difference during future bushfires. We would like to better understand bushfire risk and awareness, actions you may have taken to plan and prepare, and how you responded to warnings and the bushfires, whether you were directly or indirectly affected,” Dr Whittaker said. “It is important to hear from residents, as well tourists, visitors or those who might have been at their holiday home.”
Due to COVID-19 interviews will be conducted via phone or web conferencing (Zoom, Skype), and take between 45 minutes and an hour to complete. Researchers are available after hours and on weekends throughout August. Register your interest in participating at www.bnhcrc.com.au/nsw-bushfire-survey
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