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Reminder: Bushfire preparedness

DrillingSchools are reminded that that they are required to meet the VRQA Guidelines on Bushfire Preparedness.

 Under the guidelines, all schools are required to maintain an emergency management plan that includes guidelines for emergency bushfire management. The emergency management plan must be reviewed at least annually and after any significant incident.

Additional bushfire preparedness measures must be taken by schools listed on the Bushfire at-Risk Register maintained by the Department of Education and Training (DET), including:

  • informing students, staff and parents/guardians about relevant arrangements
  • maintaining a register of bushfire emergency equipment and making sure this equipment is in working order
  • maintaining notices of bushfire evacuation procedures and emergency contact numbers.

New VicEmergency App and VicEmergency hotline Launched
The new VicEmergency App brings together advice and warnings for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and water safety. It replaces the FireReady app and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

The VicEmergency app can be used to create up to 20 tailored watch zones across multiple devices including mobile phones, tablets and the VicEmergency website. The app allows users to monitor advice and warnings for multiple locations. FireReady users will need to set up new watch zones as they do not transition across to the new platform.

The new VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226) brings together all emergency numbers including the Victorian Busfhire Information Line, the Victorian Emergency Relief Information Line and the VICSES Flood and Storm Information Line.

The VicEmergency website, app and hotline brings together information and warnings from agencies including Country Fire Authority (CFA), Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Life Saving Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), and Victoria State Emergency Service (SES).

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