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Preparing for Bushfires
PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY
Ensure the area surrounding your home is as clear of fire
risks as possible. This means removing fuels and chemicals,
mowing grass, raking leaves and removing branches.
Aim to surround the perimeter of your house with driveways,
pools, mown lawns and gravelled areas to help minimise
the spread of fire. Keep your driveway access clear for fire
If you have a pump connected to your dam, you should make
sure it does not rely on electricity for operation. It is also
recommended that you speak with your insurance company
to ensure your fences are covered for fire damage.
In the event of a fire, remove all garden furniture, doormats
and other loose items from near the house. Block downpipes
and fill gutters with water, check your water supplies and fill
additional containers if necessary and be sure to patrol your
property for any embers.
PREPARE YOUR HOME
Keeping your home well maintained will give it a greater
chance of surviving a fire.
Woodpiles should be moved away from your home and
gutters should be cleared of leaves. Flammable items such
as papers, boxes and crates should also be cleared from
your house. You may wish to install a sprinkler system on
your roof in preparation for the fire season.
If your house is threatened by fire, dampen the area around
your house. Air flow into the house should be minimised,
meaning windows and doors should be shut, external vents
should be covered and weather stripping placed around
doors and windows. You should also move furniture away
from windows, place wet blankets and towels around
window and door edges and fill your bath and buckets
PREPARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Ensure your family is wearing protective clothing. This
includes long-sleeved overalls or a long-sleeved shirt and
pants (natural fibre clothing is best), broad-brimmed hats,
enclosed leather shoes, goggles, gloves and a facemask
EMERGENCY RELIEF CENTRES
A relief centre is a large community building which serves
as a first point of call for community members who are
evacuating as a result of an emergency. It can become
active as a result of any emergency.
Relief Centres are operated by Council staff. There are
several relief centres identified across the municipality
however not all will open in the case of an emergency.
The most appropriate location will be determined as
emergencies arise and will be dependent on the location
of the emergency and needs of affected residents. The
relief centre in use during an emergency can be found by
listening to the local radio or contacting Council or listening
to your local emergency broadcaster.
When arriving at a relief centre, people will be greeted by
the Red Cross and have their details registered. Further
assistance and information will be provided, including
refreshments, first aid, accommodation options, material
aid and personal support.
Operational relief centres are in regular contact with
emergency services to provide people with new information
as it comes to hand.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.MOORABOOL.VIC.GOV.AU
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