Emergency Planning Advice ServEmergency Planning Advice Service (EPAS)
The Emergency Planning Advice Service (EPAS) is an in-home based service where Red Cross and CFA facilitators visit people at their home.
It is designed to support people who live with a disability, are older, or have a chronic or acute medical condition to create a fire plan.
Johnsons’ Story - Improving HoJohnsons’ Story - Improving Home Fire Safety, Benalla 2023
People with a disability can be at disproportionate risk in a house fire, particularly if they cannot self-evacuate. Hear about the Johnsons family who are improving their preparedness and have been practicing home fire escape planning with their daughter Amanda. People who are at higher risk may need support to improve their fire safety and planning. This case study demonstrates the types of support CFA can offer to people at higher risk. This includes active engagement and support from the Benalla Fire Brigade.
Mark and Jane's story - WiseleMark and Jane's story - Wiseleigh, December 2019
The Preparing Vulnerable People project aims to improve preparedness planning for people most vulnerable to fire. Mark and Jane tell of their experience when bushfire swept through their township in December 2019, and Disability Advocate Delia Harry discusses the need for early bushfire planning for people with disability.
Delwyn's story - Lakes EntrancDelwyn's story - Lakes Entrance, January 2020
The Preparing Vulnerable People project aims to improve preparedness planning for people most vulnerable to fire. Delwyn tells her experience of leaving her home when bushfires threatened the Lakes Entrance area in January 2020, and Disability Advocate Denise Lamble discusses the challenges people can face when leaving and why planning is so important.