Home' Moorabool Matters : Moorabool Matters February 2013 Contents MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2013 13
HELP YOUR NEIGHBOURS TO BE
SAFE THIS SUMMER
With Victoria now experiencing severe weather, Moorabool
Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pat Toohey says residents should
seriously consider their emergency safety plans, and help those
in need to make their safety plans too.
"Every summer brings an increased risk of natural emergencies
threatening our municipality -- especially through bushfires,
heatwaves, hailstorms and even floods", Cr Toohey said.
"So it's crucial we all plan ahead for what we would do in an
emergency, to protect ourselves, our properties and those we
love and care for across the community.
"And that planning should include any relatives, friends or
neighbours who may need our help to prepare their safety
Cr Toohey says some people will rely on others to help with
their care and safety, especially during an emergency.
"These residents usually include the frail or elderly, people with
a physical disability, or people who have problems thinking
clearly or acting quickly in a stressful situation," Cr Toohey
To help Victorians with their summer safety planning, the
Victorian Government is distributing copies of the Red Cross
publication titled Bushfires: Preparing to leave early plan.
"This sort of planning will help make our municipality far
more resilient in the face of an emergency -- by sharing the
responsibility to care for each other this summer," Cr Toohey
"I urge anyone who needs a simple guide to helping others with
their safety planning to get hold of this Red Cross plan.
It will help you -- or someone you care for -- to think about
when and where to go in an emergency, what to take with you,
and who you should tell that you're leaving."
This free Red Cross publication is available from:
or by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line
on 1800 240 667.
COMMUNITY RESPITE CENTRES
On days declared extreme and catastrophic fire danger, Council
will open a Community Respite Centre for residents leaving
early. This is not a relief centre. The Centre's will be open at
either the Ballan Mechanics Institute (143 Inglis Street, Ballan) or
the Bacchus Marsh Town Hall (197 Main Street Bacchus Marsh).
The Centre will be open from 8.00am to 6.00pm and will
provide basic refreshments and a place for people to go when
leaving early. Residents leaving early are strongly encouraged to
make plans to relocate to family or friends.
Residents leaving early on a severe, extreme or catastrophic day
who need to attend a Community Respite Centre can receive
information about the respite centre location via:
• Moorabool Shire Council Website
• Moorabool Shire Council Customer Service
by phoning 53667100
• Moorabool Shire Council after hours answering service
by phoning 53667100 and press 1 when prompted for
• Local Radio Stations
• Signage at the Ballan Mechanics Institute or the Bacchus
Marsh Town Hall
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