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BEATING THE HEAT
Summer in Australia can be tough. Along with the threat of
fires comes, at times, relentless heat. And this heat can pose a
real threat to the health of the many people in our community.
To assist the elderly, babies, expectant mothers and those with
a disability during periods of extended heat Moorabool Shire
Council has developed a heatwave strategy.
The strategy is designed to educate the public of what steps
they can take during days of extreme heat and heat-related
A heatwave is generally defined as when 'temperatures remain
abnormally high over more than a couple of days and can
impact on the population in numerous ways, both directly and
The most vulnerable are the elderly, the young, people under
intense physical stress and those with cardiovascular disease.
The increased frequency and intensity of heatwaves may cause
deaths through heart attack, stroke and heat exhaustion.
Preliminary research has indicated that a mean daily
temperature of 30°C or a minimum overnight temperature in
Moorabool of 26°C can result in an increase in mortality in
people aged 65 years and over.
Council has worked closely with many agencies including the
Department of Health, Australian Red Cross, Ambulance
Victoria, recreational development (local swimming pools) and
health care facilities to ensure the community has access to
information and resources in the event of a heatwave.
The main focus of the policy is to educate the public on steps
on how to keep cool during the summer months including:
• keeping the home cool;
• keeping out of the heat;
• keeping the body cool and hydrated;
• helping others;
• steps to take if you have a health problem;
• and, steps to take if others feel unwell.
There are many simple steps the community can take to
reduce the impact of the hot weather, including drinking plenty
of water and ensuring air-conditioners are working and used
Elderly relatives or neighbours should be checked on during
Council has also developed two cool rooms to provide
temporary respite from hot conditions. The rooms, in Ballan
and Bacchus Marsh, will be especially useful if there is a power
failure caused by the heat as they are powered by diesel
Heatwaves can impact on our population in numerous ways
both directly and indirectly. The increased frequency and
intensity of heatwaves may cause deaths through hear t
attack, stroke and heat exhaustion. The most vulnerable are
the elderly, the young, people under intense physical stress
and those with cardiovascular disease.
Council will open and coordinate cooling centres, in the
event of an extreme heatwave. A cooling centre is a
temporary air-conditioned public space set up to deal with
the health effects of a heatwave.
The cooling centre will be open when the region meets its
heatwave threshold of 30 degrees. Moorabool Shire
Council has identified two venues (Bacchus Marsh Senior
Citizens and Quamby Centre and the Ballan Senior Citizens
Centre) to cater in a heatwave. The venues can hold 100 -
200 people with facilities including toilets, showers, kitchen
The cooling centre will be open from 10am till 6pm on the
day of a heatwave. A cooling centre will be open at the
discretion of the Council and its location and opening hour s
will be advertised on the day of a heatwave via signage and
through communication with Council's Home and
Community Care clients.Those attending the cooling centre
will need to have personal transpor t organised to and from
the centre. Only at Council's discretion will a pick-up bus be
organised for those who are living in isolation and have no
social suppor t.
The Home and Community Care Aged & Disability
Coordinator will coordinate the centre. A list of internal and
external volunteers will be generated on the day. The
volunteers will assist in administration and set up duties.
The cooling centre will be open to those who are identified
in the target group. Those attending the centre will need to
sign in and out of the visitor book to ensure Council has a
database of those who were present on the day. Upon
registration, clients will be asked about information in
relation to their health and whether they have packed all
SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE
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