The 2020 post-test survey has recently been completed and provides a snapshot of household bushfire preparedness with reference to key indicators, and includes a direct comparison with the 2018 pre-test survey results – an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the BRN Program within target communities.
Close to 9 in 10 households (88%) reported having a bushfire survival plan (BSP) – significantly above the 2018 pre-test level of 75%.
1 in 5 survey respondents (20%) reported that their BSP was in written form – above the pre-test level of 18%.
Over half of responding households (57%) reported that they would most likely leave their home early in the event of a major bushfire situation – an increase on the pre-test level of 49%.
Those involved in BRN were more likely to leave early compared with those not involved in BRN – and conversely less likely to stay and defend their home.
Overall household bushfire preparedness increased significantly from the pre-test result – 83% overall, up from 76%.
The post-test result for individual indicators, is in all but one case, above the pre-test result and in many cases markedly so.
Those involved in BRN reported a significantly higher overall household bushfire preparedness, compared with those not involved in BRN.
Close to half of the survey sample (48%) had heard of the BRN program at the time of survey – a significant increase to the pre-test level of 34%.
Overall, BRN has made significant change in Round 3 in terms of behavioural change and increasing bushfire preparedness in Tasmania.
Cooordinator, Community Development