A State of Alert was declared for the ACT on Thu 2 Jan 2020.
ACT Emergency Services Commissioner Georgeina Whelan has been appointed the Emergency Controller.
BE PREPARED: The ISCCC encourages all Canberrans to develop a Bushfire Survival Plan and discuss with family and friends what you would do in the event of a bushfire. A carefully thought out plan could save your life, the lives of family members, your neighbours, your pets and farm animals and your home.
The ESA advises the State of Alert is about preparedness. There is no immediate threat to the Territory. As a community we must all be prepared ahead of more extreme weather conditions that are forecast for the ACT and our surrounding region in the coming days, especially Friday.
The State of Alert that has been put in place will ensure that ACT emergency services are able to be as responsive as possible to any risks of bushfire in the coming days.
For all updates in relation to the State of Alert, please visit the ESA website at esa.act.gov.au or follow ACT ESA on Facebook and Twitter.
HELPFUL GUIDES TO DEVELOPING A BUSHFIRE SURVIVAL PLAN can be found on the EMERGENCY SERVICES AGENCY (ESA) website at:
STAY INFORMED VIA THE ESA
STAY INFORMED WITH APPS you can download onto your phone.
To stay informed of fire activity in our region and around the country, we recommend:
AIR QUALITY: With more smoke expected to descend upon Canberra at around 4:00pm on Wednesday 8 January you can monitor air quality at:
WHEN TO PHONE 000
OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES
P2/N95 MASKS FOR PEOPLE MOST AT RISK FROM SMOKE EXPOSURE
The groups of particularly sensitive individuals who will be able to access these masks, if they choose, include:
Each eligible person will receive two masks at the pharmacy.
ACT Health recommends that people with lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive airways disease, asthma or emphysema, and people with chronic heart conditions, should seek advice from their medical practitioner prior to using these masks.
For further information visit the ACT Health website at: https://health.act.gov.au/…/heavy-smoke-and-hot-conditions-…
In regards to retail sales of masks, some are available at Canberra pharmacies and hardware stores.