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What is HUFF?

The Heads Up For Fire (HUFF) and other emergencies project aims to ensure the wellbeing of people within the communities of Blackheath and Mt Victoria in the event of bushfires and other emergencies.

How does it work?

Neighbourhood Meetings will be held for every street in Mt Victoria and Blackheath where people can learn about:
* Preparing for emergencies
* How to become a HUFF Facilitator

What is a HUFF Facilitator?

HUFF Facilitators are people who volunteer their time to get to know their neighbours and share information with them about preparing for an emergency such as how to create a bushfire plan, or how to access services such as AIDER (Assist Infirm, Disabled and Elderly Residents). Facilitators receive training and support from HUFF Project staff, at no cost to themselves.

How can I be involved?

Join us for complimentary afternoon tea at your next Neighbourhood Meeting. Contact Mina Howard or Emily Hamon at BANC on 4787 7770 to find out when it will be scheduled. Follow BANC on Facebook! HUFF updates will posted there as well as on the BANC Latest News blog. 

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC) welcomed Mina Howard and Emily Hamon in January this year, as joint directors of the Heads Up For Fire (HUFF) project. The project has been funded by the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services, and is being run in partnership with the Mt Victoria/Blackheath Rural Fire Brigade. The project will run over the course of 2015.

The project aims to ensure the wellbeing of people within the communities of Blackheath and Mt Victoria in the event of bushfires and other emergencies. The project intends to create a web of support for people in the Upper Mountains community, particularly those who are vulnerable and may be at risk of isolation during a natural disaster or emergency. This is made possible by residents who volunteer their time to become HUFF Facilitators. Facilitators get to know their neighbours and share essential information with them in the event of an emergency, such as how to create a functional bushfire plan, or how to access services such as AIDER (Assist Infirm, Disabled and Elderly Residents).

This year, HUFF Facilitators will be trained and supported by Mina and Emily through BANC and the Rural Fire Service. HUFF will be holding neighbourhood meetings, hosted by the RFS and BANC, for every street in Blackheath and Mt Victoria where people can learn more about the HUFF project and how to become a HUFF Facilitator.