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FIRE SEASON PREP MUST INCLUDE AN NBN BACKUP PLAN

11 Oct 2017


FIRE SEASON PREP MUST INCLUDE AN NBN BACKUP PLAN

With the seasons changing in Tasmania it’s the time of the year people start making their summer fire and flood plans.

 If you are in an area that has moved to NBN service provision, this year your emergency plans must include a backup for communications as the NBN is vulnerable in fire and flood conditions. This includes phone lines – not just your internet service.

"The Turnbull Government's decision to roll out more fibre to the node makes communications blackouts more likely for more homes in regional areas," says Brian Mitchell the federal Labor MP for Lyons.

"If the node - the big green box in the street - is shut down by fire then every premises attached to it will lose their phones and Internet.

"By contrast, Labor's plan to roll out more fibre to the premises means communications would only have been lost to those premises directly affected by fire."

"FTTN leaves communities in natural disaster prone areas at risk of losing lives and loved ones. These are the warnings from disaster management experts across the country."

Mr Mitchell urges a back up plan of a fully charged mobile phone with a battery pack as ideal. For residents who don’t use a mobile regularly, a prepaid phone is a cheap way to stay in touch in emergencies, assuming the mobile phone network remains active.

Emergency alarms and call buttons, fire alarms and security alarms should also be registered with your ISP and NBN Co to ensure a support plan is in place during natural disasters.

“This year I’m urging everyone it's better safe than sorry. We've had a very dry winter along the east and south east and we're warned it could be a nasty summer.

“Both the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Tasmanian Fire Service warn "a lack of rain, soil dryness and high fuel loads elevated the bushfire risk in an area taking in the east coast from Binalong Bay south and pushing into the midlands around Oatlands".

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