Please be fire safe this summer

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Otway residents and visitors are encouraged to prepare and stay informed this summer as Victoria heads into a potentially severe fire season.  The Colac-Otway fire danger period was declared on November 2nd after early fires across the state and forecasts for a long, hot, dry summer.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Otways District Manager, David Rourke, said taking steps to get prepared and stay informed before a fire starts means it will be easier to act when you’re under pressure.

 

“This summer, you could be at serious risk of uncontrollable fires on Code Red, Extreme and Severe days.  It’s up to you to stay informed.  Check the Fire Danger Ratings daily and act to protect yourself and your family” Mr Rourke said.

 

“As the ratings increase, so does your risk of fire.  If the Fire Danger Rating is Code Red, Extreme or Severe, you’re risking your life if you wait and see.  Leaving early is the safest option to protect yourself and your family.

 

“Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave and where to go to stay safe, especially if you or others need help preparing to leave early.

 

“You should also plan ahead for extreme heat by keeping the house cool, drinking plenty of water and checking on family, friends and neighbours most at risk.”

 

For information on how to stay safe this summer, visit emergency.vic.gov.au or ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

 

Safer Together 2015Have your say on reducing the risk of bushfire in Victoria

DELWP has launched a new online engagement website for Otway community members to help shape the development of bushfire management strategies.

 

The website is a forum for you to engage with DELWP’s Barwon Otway bushfire risk landscape (BOBRL) team and share your local values and perspectives on bushfire management.

 

A range of projects are currently open for contribution including a space to share your story about living with bushfire or ask the BOBRL team about their work.  New discussion topics, surveys, brainstorming forums and other interactive tools will be added regularly to the site.

 

Visit bushfire-planning.delwp.vic.gov.au to have your say.

 

The website launch coincides with the Victorian Government’s new Safer Together approach to reducing the risk of bushfire, which has a key focus on working in partnership with communities.

 

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