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Bushfire alert levels
Tasmania Fire Service will provide as much information about bushfires as possible, principally through its website www.fire.tas.gov.au and ABC Local Radio. It will use three levels of messaging to help people make the right safety choices.
However, remember that fires can threaten suddenly and without warning, so you should always be ready to act even if you don't receive an official emergency warning.
Tasmania Fire Service messages take into account the risk posed by fire, which will depend to some extent on the Fire Danger Rating and how quickly bushfires are spreading.
There are three bushfire alert levels:
The three levels of alerts have taken into account concerns about over-warning people. These concerns, coupled with a tendency for people to act at the last minute, have determined the choice of message levels. While the intent is to inform people before fires directly threaten them, fires can break out suddenly and without warning, making it impossible to get messages out in time on all occasions.
You should be aware of the forecast Fire Danger Rating each day during summer, and remain alert to the potential for bushfires to break out suddenly and spread rapidly. You should not wait for an official emergency warning if you are threatened by a bushfire.
National Emergency Warning System
Emergency Alert is a national telephone-based emergency warning system to warn the public in the event of major emergencies, including serious bushfires.
Using Emergency Alert, emergency warning messages may be sent by emergency services as recorded voice messages to fixed phones and as SMS text messages to mobile phones to people in affected areas.
If you receive an emergency warning about a bushfire or other emergency occuring near you on your fixed or mobile phone, act on the warning - it could save your life.