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Changes to the 10/50 vegetation clearing

The 10/50 scheme was introduced on 1 August 2014 to allow people whose homes are situated on bush fire prone land to clear vegetation with a minimum amount of red tape. On 30 September 2014, a number of changes to the 10/50 scheme came into effect. These changes will improve the operation of the scheme. From that date, people living within 350 metres of Category 1 and within 150 metres of Category 2 Bush Fire Prone Land will able to clear trees within 10 metres of their home, and any vegetation except for trees within 50 metres of their homes, provided they comply with the NSW Rural Fire Service Code of Practice.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has updated its Guide for Bush Fire Prone Land Mapping to reflect the change in classification. The updated Guide can be downloaded from www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

The NSW RFS has announced the planned review of the 10/50 vegetation clearing rule will now commence on 1 October 2014. You are invited to make a submission to the review. Submissions can be emailed to 10.50@rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Further advice is available on the NSW Rural Fire Service website and Frequently Asked Questions on 10/50

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National Counter Terrorism Alert Level moves to High

The Prime Minister has announced that the National Terrorism Public Alert Level has increased to HIGH, meaning that a terrorist attack is 'likely'. This assessment is based on an increased threat.

There is no specific threat and therefore there is no cause for panic or fear, however people are urged to remain vigilant in reporting suspicious behaviour to authorities so Australians and visitors to Australia can continue the right to enjoy normal everyday freedoms.

More information on www.secure.nsw.gov.au (NSW Government's Counter Terrorism website)

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Applications for funding now open for the Natural Disaster Resilience Program

Applications are now open for the 2013-15 round for:
  • State Emergency Management Projects - Applications close 15 October 2014
  • Community Resilience Innovation Program - Applications close 15 October 2014

More information on the Natural Disaster Resilience Program

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Get ready NSW

It's easy and only takes five simple steps to make sure you and your family are ready!

At some stage, all of us will be impacted by disasters such as Fire, Flood or Storm. Disasters are unpredictable and can cause devastating loss and damage.

NSW Emergency Services agencies do a tremendous job in keeping us safe - but we all need to play our part.

Preparing for disasters helps you and your family cope and make better decisions when an emergency affects you. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Don't wait till it's too late - get ready now. 

More information on Get ready NSW
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SES Home Emergency Plan - Flood, Storm or Tsunami

Households that plan for emergencies significantly reduce losses associated with disasters.

Planning now so that you know your risks and what to do if there is a flood, storm or tsunami, can save your life, the life of your family members and the lives of others including your pets. It can also minimise damage to your property and possessions.

NSW State Emergency Service - Home Emergency Plan

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Recent publications

Rescue Vehicle Drivers Directive

The State Rescue Policy stipulates that drivers of rescue vehicles are required to hold an appropriate competency to drive any vehicle to an incident. The requirements are set out in this Directive.

More information on the Rescue Vehicle Drivers Directive

Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Emergency Sub-Plan

The special arrangements described in this Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Emergency Sub-Plan (HNFESP) cover preparedness measures, the conduct of flood operations and the establishment of coordination for recovery measures to deal with floods in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.

More information on the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Emergency Sub-Plan

Welfare Services Functional Area Supporting Plan

The aim of the Welfare Services Functional Area Supporting Plan is to describe and detail preparedness measures and arrangements for the provision of welfare services during response to and recovery from emergencies in New South Wales. This plan provides for the mobilisation of agencies and resources within the Welfare Services Functional Area for the conduct of emergency preparedness, response and recovery operations to assist people affected by emergencies, no matter what the cause of the emergency. Types of emergencies include natural disasters and human made disasters that require a significant and coordinated response.

More information on the Welfare Services Functional Area Supporting Plan

State Bush Fire Plan

The aim of the State Bush Fire plan is to set out the arrangements for preparedness, pervention, mitigation, response to and recovery from bush fire events by combat, participating and support agencies in NSW. These arrangements ensure that New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Fire & Rescue NSW are able to manage bush and grass fires, utilising assistance from the other fire fighting authorities being the National Park & Wildlife Service and Forestry Corporation NSW.

More information on the State Bush Fire Plan

More information on NSW Emergency Management Publications

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