Research has shown that when faced with the threat of a bushfire females are more likely to leave, especially where children are involved.
However when asked what actions they had taken to prepare to ‘leave early’ there has been minimal evidence of having prepared.
Further, women also were not as active in preparing their properties if they chose to ‘stay and defend’ (Fransden, 2010) putting women at a greater risk to the impacts of bushfire.
Women’s preparedness programs include group meetings and activities that cover:
These workshops are interactive and specific to the needs of women who live in environments at risk of bushfire.