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Stay and defend or leave early: Policy problems and experiences during the 2003 Victorian bushfires

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Australian state and territory fire authorities advise residents to make a decision to prepare, stay and defend their properties from

    bushfires or leave well before the fire arrives in their area. The ‘Stay and defend or leave early’ policy is underpinned by strong evidence

    that well-prepared houses can be successfully defended and that late evacuation is a dangerous strategy. This paper presents the results of

    a study of the policy’s implementation during the 2003 bushfires in North East Victoria and East Gippsland. Results suggest that despite

    high levels of awareness and support for the policy, there is some confusion over what it means to ‘stay and defend’ and ‘leave early’.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Tibbits, A. & Whittaker, J. (2007). Stay and defend or leave early: Policy problems and experiences during the 2003 Victorian bushfires. Environmental Hazards, 7 283-290.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-36748999572

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 283

End Page


  • 290

Volume


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Australian state and territory fire authorities advise residents to make a decision to prepare, stay and defend their properties from

    bushfires or leave well before the fire arrives in their area. The ‘Stay and defend or leave early’ policy is underpinned by strong evidence

    that well-prepared houses can be successfully defended and that late evacuation is a dangerous strategy. This paper presents the results of

    a study of the policy’s implementation during the 2003 bushfires in North East Victoria and East Gippsland. Results suggest that despite

    high levels of awareness and support for the policy, there is some confusion over what it means to ‘stay and defend’ and ‘leave early’.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Tibbits, A. & Whittaker, J. (2007). Stay and defend or leave early: Policy problems and experiences during the 2003 Victorian bushfires. Environmental Hazards, 7 283-290.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-36748999572

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 283

End Page


  • 290

Volume


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom