Res­i­dents urged to pre­pare for fires

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The need to pre­pare for the pos­si­bil­ity of bush­fires has been stressed by the Erica and dis­trict fire brigade.

The Moun­tain Rivers area that takes in Erica, Raw­son and Wal­halla is one of the high risk ar­eas in Baw Baw Shire and Erica brigade’s Lieu­tenant Rus­sell Wright said peo­ple needed to keep their fire plans up to date.

He said fires just over a week ago in East Gipp­s­land were a timely re­minder for com­mu­ni­ties through­out the re­gion.

Lt Wright said plans to cope with a pos­si­ble emer­gency were es­sen­tial, not just at home but also when on hol­i­days or trav­el­ling.

He also em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of mon­i­tor­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions chan­nels such as so­cial me­dia, ra­dio and tele­vi­sion to stay in­formed about what was hap­pen­ing.

Af­ter a rel­a­tively dry win­ter Lt Wright said some ar­eas of Gipp­s­land were quite dry and it was pos­si­ble there could be an early start to sum­mer con­di­tions.

As part of the re­minders to res­i­dents of Erica, Raw­son and Wal­halla the Erica brigade has teamed with Baw Baw Shire to re­in­force the plan and pre­pare mes­sages by the use of vari­able mes­sage boards loaned by the shire.

East ward’s Cr Michael Leaney said fire pre­pared­ness and com­mu­nity safety were para­mount.

“Well pre­pared and well-in­formed res­i­dents build our re­silience in the event of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter”.

The coun­cil is more than happy to sup­port the CFA and lo­cal brigades spread the mes­sage, Cr Leaney said.

Lt Wright said as well as hav­ing a plan peo­ple needed to make sure their per­sonal fire pro­tec­tion sys­tems and equip­ment are in work­ing or­der and ev­ery­body in in­di­vid­ual house­holds knows the fire plan, what to do and when to do it.

Iden­ti­fy­ing al­ter­na­tive exit road routes if there are some un­ex­pected road clo­sures was also es­sen­tial, he said.

Peo­ple with ques­tions about how to pre­pare a fire plan should con­tact their lo­cal brigade, Lt Wright stated.

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