Only 10% of Australians are actively prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency, new research from the Australian Red Cross has revealed.
The concerning findings come at a time when many climate experts predict Australia is in for a particularly hot, dry, and therefore bushfire-prone summer.
The survey also found that concerns regarding disasters and emergencies have increased since the last survey in 2018. In fact, 58% of Australians expect to be impacted by heatwaves this summer, up from just 25% five years ago.
Australians are also more worried about being impacted by bushfires (34% versus 26% five years ago), floods (46% versus 29%), and major power outages (38% up from 26%).
Unfortunately, for most Australians, these growing concerns simply aren't translating into action.
"We know the better prepared you are, the better your capacity to respond and recover from any emergency," Australian Red Cross Chief of Staff Penny Harrison said. "Just thinking about it is not enough."