Bushfire Aftermath Lessons. The media are discussing the pain still felt a year after NSW bushfires took many homes.
Two implications – (1) a financial one in that high risk area building codes push replacement costs well above insurance coverage pitched at the old code standard; and (2) a technical one in that many had no time to turn on pumps and fit shutters.
It seems to me that in respect of (1), another source is needed to cover that gap while the insurance company should still front up funds to cover to the old standard. The delta might be sourced from Governments, Emergency Service Levies, funds populated through class action litigation or Charity Drives but coordinated by a single recovery agency.
In respect of (2), the automated warning system through phones provides the model whereby messages to home automation systems could turn on systems & close shutters in the path of a fire front. Standardised phrases could be recognised in an MMS or EMAIL but this needs to be defined by an agency and publicised – we need a convention and working parties in alliance with technology companies like Apple and Google lead the way.