Home' Moorabool Matters : Moorabool Matters February 2013 Contents 12 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2013
ASSISTANCE WITH PERSONAL
EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR
Victoria is one of the most fire-prone regions in the
world -- the only way to stay safe is to leave the night
before or the morning of a Code Red day, or early in
the morning of a Severe or Extreme day.
You may have heard that the forecast for this fire season is
'average'. 'Average' is a technical definition from the weather
bureau -- in Victoria, major fires still occur in an average season.
For example, last year we had an 'average' season and we lost
6,061 hectares -- the equivalent of 3,030 MCGs -- to around
277 bush and grass fires over summer.
We're expecting a higher than average risk of grassfires this
season, especially in the west of the state. Grassfires can be just
as dangerous as bushfires -- even Usain Bolt couldn't outrun a
grassfire at its fastest, and most cars can't out drive them either.
Don't rely on getting a warning -- it's your responsibility
to know when to leave.
You don't have to live in the country to be at risk of fire. In
strong winds, embers can travel up to 35 kilometres in front of
a fire, starting new fires.
On hot, dry, windy days, fires can start and spread quickly.
Check Fire Danger Ratings and alerts and warnings on CFA's
If you can see smoke, you're leaving it too late. A fire that is
miles away could be at your door in minutes.
COOLING CENTRE OPEN FOR HEAT
HEALTH ALERT DAY
Moorabool Shire Council will activate its Heatwave Management
plans in order to assist local residents during periods of
A temporary Cooling Centre will be established in Bacchus
Marsh on days declared by the State Government as a heat
health alert day.
Residents whose health is at risk during extreme temperatures
that are unable to remain cool, are encouraged to visit the
Lerderderg Library, located at 215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh.
A room within the Library complex will be specifically
reallocated for public use as a cooling centre until 6.00pm on
The Lerderderg Library is equipped with toilets, tea and coffee
making facilities as well as free internet connection and a large
range of books and recorded music to entertain residents who
attend the cooling centre. The cooling centre will also offer
residents light snacks and cool drinks.
For more information on the cooling centre please contact
Moorabool Shire Council's Customer Service on 5366 7100.
Your relocation kit:
Have a relocation kit with essential items already prepared and make sure
it is stored in an easily accessible place.
Some of the things that you might like to include in your kit are:
Protective clothing - made from natural fibres
Water and medications
Toiletries and sanitary supplies
Mobile phone and charger
First aid kit
Cash, ATM/credit cards
Valuables and photos
Battery powered radio
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