No bet­ter time to get pre­pared

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Fire Ac­tion Week is a great op­por­tu­nity to find out more about the fire risk in your lo­cal area, talk to your fam­ily and friends about how you’ll know when to leave, where you’ll go and how you will get there.

Right now, fore­casts show there is po­ten­tial for an­other above av­er­age fire sea­son in Vic­to­ria in the west of the state.

Over sum­mer, fire safety mes­sages will be pro­moted through tele­vi­sion, ra­dio, press, out­door and dig­i­tal ad­ver­tise­ments, as well as through so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

CFA brigades around the state will be talk­ing to their com­mu­ni­ties about the lo­cal fire risk, how to pre­pare, and what to do to stay safe over sum­mer. Check what’s on in your area.

This Fire Ac­tion Week, fol­low some sim­ple plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion tips to make sure you’re ready for the up­com­ing sum­mer: • Check the fire risk where you live. • Down­load the VicEmer­gency app to your

mo­bile de­vice. • Start check­ing Fire Dan­ger Rat­ings daily. • Check warn­ings – make sure you un­der­stand the three lev­els of warn­ings and what they mean. • Pack an emer­gency kit of es­sen­tials. This should in­clude im­por­tant doc­u­ments, med­i­ca­tions, a mo­bile phone, torch, bat­tery op­er­ated ra­dio, money and clothes so you can leave quickly be­fore a fire starts. • Talk to your house­hold and neigh­bours about how you’ll know when to leave and where to go to stay safe. • Do you have fam­ily, friends or neigh­bours who need help pre­par­ing to leave early? Talk to them about when they’re go­ing to leave, where they’re go­ing to go, and how you can help. For more in­for­ma­tion go to the Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity web­site at www.cfa.vic.gov.au

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