Natural disasters such as bushfires, floods and storms can have an impact while you are travelling or undertaking placement in both rural and urban locations. It is important you know what to do to remain safe before it becomes an emergency.
The Flinders University Emergency and Fire Safety webpage has useful information to remain safe during bushfires, floods or other natural disasters.
It is important to stay informed of threatening conditions, however, never rely on one source of information, as sometimes technology can fail during an emergency. Awareness of other information channels is important to help you respond appropriately during emergency events.
In South Australia the fire danger season generally runs from November to April, however, it can vary for different locations and interstate so be aware of the local conditions and fire danger ratings.
In the case of bushfires, watch the fire alerts for the state or territory you are in. Emergency services may not directly contact you if there is an active threat in your area, so keep up to date on advice for fires near you.
If you're in an area with an emergency warning or under immediate threat of an out of control fire, comply with emergency services warnings and advice and follow local authorities’ instructions - including if they need you to evacuate or shelter indoors. Be aware of local community emergency fire plans and bushfire safer places. If you are in your placement workplace, follow the instructions and directions of your placement supervisor and adhere to the workplace bushfire safety and survival plan.
If you are involved in a bushfire or natural disaster situation, and you have followed the instructions above, notify Flinders 24-hour security – (08) 8201 2880 for further advice and assistance.