Homes for the Homeless - 5 NL Mini Starters - Under 13k

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Originally Posted by ABC
Australians 'unprepared' for bushfires

By Science Online's Dani Cooper

Posted Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:10am AEDT
Updated Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:40am AEDT
Bushfire disaster: Professor Paton says levels of preparedness to deal with bushfires within at-risk communities in Australia are generally low.

Bushfire disaster: Professor Paton says levels of preparedness to deal with bushfires within at-risk communities in Australia are generally low. (User submitted via ABC Contribute: bjrow)

Australians remain unprepared to deal with bushfires despite a long history of loss and devastation from natural disasters, according to some of the country's leading bushfire researchers.

The comments come as Australia deals with the loss of at least 173 lives and many more homes after devastating bushfires swept Victoria.

In the wake of the nation's worst bushfire in recorded history, other experts are also warning worse may be yet to come, with climate change and drought increasing the ferocity and duration of bushfires.

Psychology professor Douglas Paton, of the University of Tasmania, says levels of preparedness to deal with bushfires within at-risk communities in Australia are "generally low".

Professor Paton, a researcher with the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), says this lack of preparedness for bushfires is a significant public policy issue.

It is a problem that has been heightened by the increase in migration of people to semi-rural areas beyond the edge of cities.

Professor Paton says it is important any decisions made in the wake of the current devastating bushfires are made after "careful technical analysis" is completed.

But he concedes "there are circumstances in which no amount of preparedness is going to make any difference".

Fatalistic approach

Professor Paton says one of the main inhibitions in people preparing for the bushfire season is in whether they believe their actions will be effective.

"The biggest constraint is these people believe the fires themselves will be too big and catastrophic for their actions to make any difference," he said.

He says the media plays a role in this view developing, as coverage of bushfires often focuses on the loss and devastation.

Another factor is the way in which information is disseminated to communities.

Through the bushfire CRC, Professor Paton and the Tasmanian Fire Service will next year trial new ways of informing communities about the need to be proactive ahead of the bushfire season.

However, Professor Paton says it is important "to look at exactly what happened [in the latest fires] to see the kinds of processes that were in place" and to make sure "these lessons are not just lost once the inquiry is finalised".

Bushfire CRC chief executive officer Gary Morgan says the weekend's fires "show that many communities need to rethink the notion of who lives in a bushfire zone and who needs to be educated and prepared".

Mr Morgan says climate change, weather and drought are altering the nature, ferocity and duration of bushfires and an ageing and declining volunteer population is challenging the way fire agencies are going to be able to manage these events.

Better design

Bushfire urban design expert Justin Leonard of the CSIRO says the lost communities can be rebuilt to be more bushfire resilient.

He says many of the townships destroyed were "conceived long before a formal integrated response was devised on how buildings and towns should be designed" in the light of extreme bushfire behaviour.

Mr Leonard says in 90 per cent of cases homes are destroyed not by the fire, but by embers that ignite debris lying around the property.

He says research shows people who stay and defend the property have a three to six times greater chance of saving their home.

However, he says the findings could be subjective because the people who choose to stay and fight for their homes may already have more fire-proof residences.

When to flee

Professor John Handmer of RMIT University says research shows that fleeing at the last moment is the worst possible option as it is when most people die or are injured.

"This fire shows that leaving late can be the worst decision to make," he says.

"Alternatively, many people made the perfectly acceptable decision that their house was not defendable and decided to leave early. They may have lost their home, but they kept themselves safe.

"At this stage, it is too early to judge the application of the 'prepare, stay and defend', or 'leave early' policy, but it will be properly reviewed along with the normal review of all policies and practices after a major fire event."

News Article from ABC News Website.

Over 750 homes have been lost currently, and the number is expected to rise, due to the Victorian Bushfires. Each area hit has been treated as a crime scene, and there have been many reports on arsonists, and many suspected. I know this upload means virtually nothing, but the idea of this is to at least raise awearness. The death toll currently stands at 210 last time I checked, and is expected to rise again soon, and fires have recently flared back up.

There are five homes in this set. If I were to make any more my parents would kill me. Each lot is under 13k, and was built on a 1x1 lot. The idea of these lots is for either emergency housing for your Sims, or for mini starters.

Each of these lots has either one or two bedrooms, one bathroom in each home, and are fully furnished. There is nothing really special about these houses. They aren't apartments. They aren't beach lots. They are just lots.

Lot Size: 1x1
Lot Price: <13k

Additional Credits:
Aelflaed - for the 1x1 lot templates.
Mootilda - for keeping the rar file to override the corrupted file, in which I was too incompetent to do. Thanks guys.

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

Tags: #mini, #1x1, #Victorian bushfires, #bushfires, #starter, #homeless