There is now public WiFi (via ACTGov) available at the shed. There is a WiFi hotspot located in the main shed, as well as the top RFS vehicle shed. To use, connect to the ACTGov public WiFi then accept the terms and conditions page when it appears (if ti doesn’t, launch your web browser and that should force it to show – if not, check your connection again). Some sites are blocked eg. Microsoft updates, and blacklisted sites identified by the ACTGov firewall software.
People with an ACTGov ID can connect to the ACTGov WiFi network using their ACTGov ID/password.
Although a lot of people are still away, this Thursday (4 January 7pm) there is an informal training night for those who are available and keen to drop down and practice some skills.
Weatherwise this weekend is shaping up to be hot and dry across the ACT and NSW, particularly regions to our immediate North and West. The initial BoM FDR estimate is Very High for the ACT and surrounds, but as always, keep an eye on the fire weather forecasts as this can change daily.
We’ll update members via Rover and email as to conditions and standup arrangements for the weekend.
From BoM Weather Warning
“HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely over the Riverina, South West Slopes, parts of the Lower Western, southern parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains and the western parts of the Southern Tablelands, Australian Capital Territory and the Snowy Mountains districts during Friday and Saturday.”
Some useful links to forecasts and information are on the blog conditions page here.
A new link added is close to real-time river height data http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDN60147.html
There is now a site that shows near real-time Fire Danger Indexes for the ACT (updates about every half hour, if the page is left open in your browser it will auto update as soon as new data is generated).
Check the blog Weather & Outlooks page.
For those who missed the ACT RFS pre-season briefing, the CRC information paper will be useful.
A standardised national rural addressing scheme has been in progress for some years. Most locations now use it, so it is good to understand how it works. Some information here to help.
Also an information video courtesy of the SA Government is available below.