I've always had a vague belief that minor crises can reduce us to blithering idiots, while major crises concentrate the mind.
Not so, it seems.
Stemming from last year's catastrophic and lethal bush fires, Victoria now has a bemusing seven tiered system of fire danger alerts, and code red - catastrophic - is still being adjusted, because no one can decide how to decide the threshold that would tip a region from code orange to code red.
Good thing we have a three month long cold weather front headed our way.
CFA 'changes code red policy, again'