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Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


Bushfire emergency

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 12:40 AM
Most readers of this blog who live in the current bushfire areas of Queensland and the New South Wales border areas will have received local warnings from the police of emergency services if they need to evacuate, or to be prepared to do so.  If your area has a fire or fires in the area, be sure to keep your radio tuned to ABC Local Radio, which is set up as the national emergency network. Local conditions are regularly updated on air. A tip: Have you got enough batteries? Do you have your phone recharger in your evacuation bag?

You may want to read the other articles on this blog about babies and emergency situations. 

As strong, dry winds and fire are very dehydrating, please also read my blog posts on how to tell if you yourself are getting enough fluid. You may need more. The same applies for other adults and children.

Stay safe.

Categories: Emergency situations - another year

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Reply Better Globe
5:35 PM on October 19, 2019 
Hey what a splendid post I have gone over and trust me I have been hunting out down this comparable sort of post for recent week and scarcely ran over this. Much thanks and will search for more postings from you.
Reply Virginia Thorley
7:33 AM on November 12, 2019 
Sadly, the return of severe fires has made my comments, above, relevant again. In Australia, remember to listen for the regular updates on ABC Radio Nation, the national disaster network. If local police or firefighters advise you to "leave now", get out of there, fast. Doing so could save the lives of you and your family.

If you live in California, do pay heed to local disaster warnings, especially in view of recent fire storms.

As for the fire fighters, they are my heroes. Their tasks are arduous and very hot and unpleasant, and some of them are worried about their own loved ones and homes. Overnight reports of volunteer groups, such as local organisations, bringing food and setting up food and drinks for the "firies" in rest areas and at shift changes, is a much needed way that communities can help them.

Stay safe and stay well hydrated. If you are breastfeeding a baby or toddler, extra breastfeeds may be needed in hot weather - and to soothe the little one in strange surroundings if you have to leave home. Extra feeding also helps to increase the milk supply. Toddlers and pre-schoolers who are having a lot of other drinks may need checking on, in case they forget to drink enough on a very hot day.