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Plan for the bushfire season

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 3 November 2015

This week is Fire Action Week, an opportunity for Warrnambool residents to understand their fire risk and get prepared.

“Victoria has already seen significant fires this year and above average conditions are forecast for the upcoming summer,” Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said.

“Making informed decisions now – not when a fire starts, is vital to your safety this summer.

“Talk to the people you live with before summer to make sure you all know what to do when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red.

“Make sure you understand where to find warnings, what the different levels of warnings mean, and how to use them. Last summer there were over 2,300 warnings issued in Victoria. It’s up to you to stay informed by using more than one source of information, and understand the levels of warnings, what they mean and what you should do,” he said.

This year, Victoria has already seen over 160 fires threatening land, lives and property in the Northern Central region.

Warrnambool City Council Municipal Emergency Resource Officer and Director City Infrastructure Peter Robertson encouraged all residents to take the opportunity to prepare for fire this Fire Action Week.

“Fire Action Week is the best time to understand your fire risk and get prepared. Talk to your family or household today about what you can do to prepare for the upcoming summer and how you plan to stay safe,” he said.

For more information on understanding the risk where you live, visit

To access fire danger ratings and warnings, visit


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