Skip main navigation

£199.99 £139.99 for one year of Unlimited learning. Offer ends on 28 February 2023 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply

Find out more

Communications, Water and Housing.

a male hand holding a hose
© CIFAL Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Australia

Community communications management

Managing and improving communication strategies and equipment during the recovery phase for affected communities helps authorities to quickly provide effective communication channels when they are needed in the future.

Individuals and community groups that bond very well are able to share relevant information on what, where and how to seek help. Effective communication between individuals also leads to caring and a sense of belonging.

Water management for fire resilient landscapes

When a bushfire occurs, town water pressure is very likely to drop drastically and may be unavailable altogether due to a combination of power failures and damaged pipes. The lack of rain due to drought or climate change is one of the factors increasing the vulnerability to bushfires in landscapes and settlement.

Bush fire resistant housing & garden design

While it is impossible for the human factor to be eliminated, the proper design, construction and management of houses and properties is crucial for reducing the risks of bushfire. Low pressure spray systems mounted along outside walls/gutters are very useful in enhancing the safety of roof spaces without the expense of high pressure and volume roof mounted sprinkler systems.

Vegetation/Plant selection

Plant selection measures can be taken to minimise the chance of them igniting. This is crucial for safeguarding households and other assets from bushfires. Planting and maintaining low-flammability species will potentially act as barriers and reduce the rate at which fires will spread.

© CIFAL Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Australia
This article is from the free online

Bushfires: Response, Relief and Resilience

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education