Monthly Archives: January 2015

Plan and prepare ahead of your summer break

Are you planning a break away from it all, to rest and recharge? Remember to pack an awareness of where you are going, the fire danger in those areas and a plan of what to do if a bushfire starts near you. Just because you’re on holiday, doesn’t mean fires are!

There are some major ways of keeping in touch with what is happening:

 

  •          ABC local radio, commercial and designated radio stations or Sky News TV
  •          The FireReady App – which sends push notifications for incidents, Total Fire Bans and what Fire Danger Ratings
  •          The emergency.vic.gov.au website
  •          Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667
  •          CFA Twitter and Facebook accounts

For areas with mobile phone coverage, you may receive SMS warning of an impending fire, and it’s important to remember that the warning may be too late for you to leave safely. Keep an awareness of what is going on around you.

ABC emergency coverage is found on http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/, and you can find your local frequency by clicking on “ABC Radio Frequency Finder Find the ABC Radio frequencies for your area” over on the right hand side of the page.

Enjoy your time away and the break with your family however, we are just asking people to think ahead and take fire seriously. Be aware of where you’re travelling to and the local conditions, including any upcoming weather you may need to plan for. This may make the difference between a safe and happy holiday for you and your family or a tragedy, and we’re keen to see you back.

 

Total Fire Ban continues

extreme_tfbFollowing on from a total fire ban today, Friday the second of January, tomorrow Saturday Third of January has been declared a day of total fire ban across the state. No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12:01 AM on Sat, 3 Jan 2015 until 11:59 PM Sat, 3 Jan 2015.

 

Fire danger has been assessed as Extreme, and you need to consider your response to this danger.

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“The key is to be prepared – know your trigger for leaving early, what you will do in the event of an emergency and where you can find more information.” said Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley.

Mr Lapsley said it was vital to never rely on just one source of information but to use multiple sources including:

  •          ABC local radio, commercial and designated radio stations or Sky News TV
  •          The FireReady App – which sends push notifications for incidents, Total Fire Bans and what Fire Danger Ratings
  •          The emergency.vic.gov.au website
  •          Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667
  •          CFA Twitter and Facebook accounts.

To find out what you are able to do and what is prohibited during a total fire ban, please visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/ for more information.