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BLACKWOOD & DISTRICT
COMMUNITY EVACUATION EXERCISE
Victoria Police, together with Moorabool Shire Council, the
Country Fire Authority and other emergency service agencies
will be undertaking a community evacuation exercise on Sunday
9 December from 11.00am to 2.00pm for Blackwood, Dales
Creek, Simmons Reef, Golden Point, Barrys Reef and Greenhills.
These areas are recognised as having an extreme fire threat.
With no Place of Last Resort - Neighbourhood Safer Place the
only safe option for the community is to leave early or evacuate
if safe to do so.
The evacuation exercise has been designed to help emergency
services personnel and the community to test their response to
a bushfire threat.
By working together we can assess how the area responds
to an emergency evacuation and use the lessons learned to
improve the Blackwood and District Evacuation Plan.
Community participation is voluntary. The exercise presents
a unique opportunity to test your Personal Bushfire Plan. No
roads will be closed during the exercise.
Residents in Greendale are also invited to participate by
enacting their fire plans and telephone trees, and taking part in
the Expo although they will not be part of the official evacuation
"I encourage everyone to take this opportunity and
participate in the evacuation exercise". Ian Stewart;
Captain, Blackwood CFA
A Community BBQ and Emergency Services Expo will be held
at Egans Reserve, Greendale from 11.00am to 3.00pm on
Sunday 9 December. We invite you to join us at the Reserve
for a free BBQ, music, children's activities and receive the latest
information from emergency services.
Make sure you know what fire weather district you're in, and
check the Total Fire Ban and Fire Danger Rating for that district
every day over summer.
Total Fire Bans tell you what you can and cannot do to AVOID
a fire starting, Fire Danger Ratings predict how a fire behaves
and how hard it would be to put out IF one starts, and alerts
and warnings tell you what you need to do to stay safe WHEN
a fire has started.
Fire Danger Ratings aren't a weather forecast -- they tell you
how bad a fire would be if one started.
A Code Red Fire Danger Rating is very rare and extremely
serious. There have only been two Code Red days since the
Code Red rating was introduced in mid-2009. On Monday 11
January, 2010 a Code Red day was forecast in the Wimmera
weather district and the following day a Code Red was forecast
in the Northern Country and Northeast weather districts. No
other fire weather districts have ever had a Code Red rating.
Check out CFA's website -- cfa.vic.gov.au -- or call the
Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 for more
information on how to stay safe this summer.
For alerts and warnings visit CFA's website or Twitter account,
call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667,
or tune in to your emergency broadcasters -- ABC Local Radio,
commercial radio and designated community radio stations or
SKY News Television.
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