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CFA makes some great tweets

These are really good tweets. Firstly, the actual towns in the Watch and Act are mentioned. Where it can fit, a suggested course of action is recommended. A capture of the EMV map is included. The only improvements I could suggest are a timestamp, and a hashtag for the job stream. Break up lots of town names by making two (or even 3) tweets to cover all the towns mentioned, and you'll have room for further info.

This is the bot tweet for this Watch and Act. Notice how town names not mentioned, and job name is not hashtagged:

This is another example of a great SMEM tweet on the same day:

Here's the bot tweet for this job:

So, the SMEM op is really good. The next most important bit of info is the direction the fire is traveling - if there is room in the tweet. Space is not a problem on Facebook.

I've been posting Watch and Acts and Emergency Warnings for years to include all the town names mentioned. Incident Alert have been doing it since before me, but they don't include as much info. When people at home search Twitter for emergency traffic in their area, they are likely to search for their town name, or the town name where they think the job is - ie: 'Tyabb'. Some may think to hashtag this, but I don't think that would be common. Once a search for the town name is done, they will find traffic with the job name hashtag on it. They click on the hashtag to find the job stream. They may scroll back through the job stream to the first tweet about the event. Some users are aware of the #vicfires hashtag and may check that first. There, they will find the job name hashtag, and the job stream. Even if the public search for the word 'fire', there is every chance they will find a tweet from the job stream with the job hashtag on it, and so find the entire job stream. This is why I always mention the word 'fire' somewhere in every tweet about a fire event.

This is great work by CFA and Emergency Management Victoria on 19th January, 2016 :)

20-10-13 Blue Mountains Fires Animal Rescue, Shelter and Emergency care information.

Info from VOST Victoria,
more info on Twitter.
Please follow:

Incident name:
Point of origin/address: Blue Mountains NSW
Job note curator: Rose Lemon

11.38am - 20-10-13 Incident info: Horse Feed availability, - From Facebook - Jay O'Connell
Hey everyone my names Jayne some of you may know me from rescue and or selling pet food I'm trying to arrange getting some horse pellets to HHH for the horses affected by the bush fires they have opened there hearts and paddocks to the horses in the affected area's if you would like to help please inbox me and I'll tell u how, thank you for taking time to read this post - https://www.facebook.com/Jayne1986 10.57am

WIRES are running pet boxes up to Katoomba this afternoon, Need help. - Letitia Kemister
Anyone in the lower mtns who has pet boxes or bunny rugs for WIRES please inbox me..we are running some supplies up to Katoomba today..thanks
3 hours ago
Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits for Pets - Pixie Bigelow - Facebook.

Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:
• Pet first-aid kit
• 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
• Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
• Litter or paper toweling
• Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
• Pet feeding dishes
• Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
• Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit-otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
• Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
• A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
• Flashlight
• Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
• Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
• Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
• Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.
You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

NARGA - National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia - https://www.facebook.com/NARGAdisasterteam -

Help coordinate disaster responses, alerts, volunteers, calls for action and updates for the National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia (NARGA) Inc DRT

New South Wales Lost Pet Register - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/nswlostpetregister We are here to reunite you with your pets in the quickest time possible. Please like and share as the more members we have the more successful we will all be! -

There are Lost Pet Co-Ordinators in your area now throughout the whole New South Wales region. Find your nearest Co-Ordinator here:

LOST OR STOLEN BIRD ? Please read:
parrotalert.com is a new advanced global geographical lost, stolen and found parrot reporting and alerting site. Register: www.parrotalert.com Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/parrotalert


FIREWORKS & PETS -- IMPORTANT Tips, Advice and Information @http://www.drkatrina.com/yourpet/PetTips/FireworksandandPets.aspx - This page works well also for tips, advice and information in regards to storms and your pet.

When your Pet first goes missing, please do the following.

* Post your LOST pet notice including photo and detailed information on our wall.

* Make sure their Registration and Microchip information is up to date

* Place large Posters up around the area, with a photo and description of your pet and contact details. Please ensure any photos you use in your posters are clear/high quality photos so as people can easily identify your lost pet (the same applies for posting photos online). If you want to offer a reward put "REWARD OFFERED" and do not disclose the amount at any time !

* Ask neighbours to check in and around their yard (and on their roof as some cats have be known to become 'stuck' on a roof)

* Walk around your neighbourhood, looking and asking if anyone has seen your pet (it's advised that you be holding up your lost pet flyer so people will know you are not a salesperson thus will be more receptive)

* Place Lost ads in the local and national news papers in your area (if you have the budget), also place online ads with all the Lost and Found sites in your area

Also check Gumtree and your local pound

★ REMEMBER ★ NEVER give up looking for your pet, they want you to find them ! :-)

11.49am - Wingecarribee Shire Council update -

Residents of Yerrinbool have been advised to relocate today.

West Yerrinbool is advised to leave by noon.

Larger animals can be taken to Moss Vale Showground.

The public information number is 1800 227 228, please call this with any urgent questions. We will post more info as it comes to hand.

Fire tornado in Australia

Fire tornado in Australia

A case study of a fire tornado that measured half a kilometre across at the base. Canberra, 2003.

Another one, slightly different structure, in Alaska:

Extreme Fire Behavior on the Tetlin Junction Ridge Fire (#414) on 8/16/13

I assume the different structure is because of different fuel type (pine) and the weather. The more dangerous the weather, the more likely tornados are. Pine ignition point is higher than eucalyptus?

A mini one:

No details available.

Tyabb Fuel Tanker Rollover 11th July 2013

Fuel-tanker rollover at Westernport Hwy/Frankston-Flinders Rd, Tyabb - 3.04pm 11th July, 2013.

     At approximately 3.07pm, I was notified that a truck had rolled over at the corner of Westernport Hwy/Frankston-Flinders Rd roundabout. This is the third tanker rollover at that intersection in my memory.

      I collected my camera gear and drove to the intersection, about 1km away. I arrived very shortly after Tyabb Tanker 1, and the crew were still sizing up. I was able to get close the scene, but stayed upwind with an old, experienced firefighter I know, and got a pic. I said to him that I just wanted to get a shot of the wheels, and I would be gone, but he said "No Brad, it's too dangerous, clear out." I retreated immediately to behind the safety of Tyabb's Tanker 2, which had just arrived. From there I was able to capture a short grab of video, and another picture.

     There was another bloke standing on the far side of Tanker 1. Also, the truck-driver was behind the overturned tanker, shovelling dirt to prevent leaking fuel from entering the drains, and the bay. I think he's a hero, as he was downwind directly in the explosion path. He would have been killed or very seriously burned if the fuel had ignited.

     I didn't want to get tangled up in the job, or get in the crew's way, so I retreated about 80 metres and got some good shots with my long lens. These shots turned out to be invaluable, and they were published on Twitter and by Channel 7. Channel Ten ran all the video and one still picture from my captures. The Herald Sun picked up one of my tweets and used the picture in a story. CFA were grateful for the pic of the Incident Controller sizing up the job.

     The following is a list of tweets and other information in chronological order:

@SharnelleVella is my Channel Ten newsroom contact.

Map via @Incident_Alert

A Youtube video of Channel Ten's footage, submitted by me, can be found here.

Brad Lemon

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