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Share of Australians exposed to bushfires and related events 2020

In January to February 2020, 57 percent of survey respondents in Australia indicated that they were affected by smoke from bush fires in the 2019/20 bush fire season. Over 50 percent of respondents also reported feeling anxious or worried although only one percent were affected by direct damage as a result of the fires.

Share of Australians who have been exposed to bushfires and related events in Australia in 2020, by event type

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Australia

Survey time period

January 20 to February 3, 2020

Number of respondents

3,249 respondents

Method of interview

CATI, online interview

Supplementary notes

Numbers do not add to 100 percent due to multiple responses.

Survey was held towards the end of the 2019/2020 Australian bushfire season, with the intention of gathering data on how opinions were influenced by this particular bushfire season.

The source describes each exposure type as follows:
a) Direct damage - Your home or property (including pets or livestock) has been damaged or destroyed by the fires
b) Direct threatened - Your home or property has been threatened but not damaged or destroyed by the fires
c) Friend/family damage - The home or property of a close family member or friend has been damaged or destroyed by the fires
d) Friend/family threatened - The home or property of a close family member or friend has been threatened but not damaged or destroyed by the fires
e) Evacuated - You were advised by emergency services (directly or indirectly via media) to evacuate from the area in which you live or were staying in due to the fires
f) Travel/holiday - Your travel or holiday itself, or travel and holiday plans have been affected by the fires
g) Smoke - You felt physically affected by smoke from the fires
h) Anxious or worried - You felt anxious or worried for the safety of yourself, close family members or friends, due to the fires.

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