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Published Friday 10 January 2020
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Please be fire ready

Are you fire ready? The current bushfires in the North East of the State are a strong reminder that bushfire survival plans are critical to all households across the Shire.

Important details to consider in your plan are how you will look after pets, how to keep across emergency alerts and updates and knowing where your Bushfire Place of Last Resort – Neighbourhood Safer Place are.

Important information will be updated in real-time via the VicEmergency App. Please download the App to stay up to date.

While many across our shire will have plans in place already, it is strongly advised you revisit them to make sure they are current and can be acted on.

The safest option to protect you and your family is to leave early and avoid panic or making the wrong decision.

When creating a fire plan, it is important to remember:

  • Who in the household will perform each task?
  • Which Fire Danger Rating is your trigger to leave?
  • Where will you go?
  • What route will you take?
  • What will you take with you?
  • What do you need to organise for your pets or livestock?
  • Who will you tell that you’re leaving?
  • How will you stay informed about warnings and updates?
  • What is your plan B if your car won’t start?

If you are leaving early with your pets remember to be prepared with bedding, food and water and make sure you can transport them – pets are always safer on a lead or in a carrier.

And if all else fails – do you know where your nearest Bushfire Place of Last Resort - Neighbourhood Safer Place is?

Please take the time to revisit the information from a range of authorities on Mitchell Shire Council’s website.

For more information on Mitchell Shire’s fire and emergency plans, please visit our Fire Ready page more information on fire plans, bushfire emergency and for information for your pets, please visit the CFA's website.

For more information on what to do with horses or livestock, please visit Agriculture Victoria and Wildlife Victoria.

For more information on Bushfire Place of Last Resort – Neighbourhood Safer Place sites, please visit Mitchell Shire's information on Bushfire Places of Last Resort.

Right now, people in fire affected areas don’t need any more clothes or food – the best way to support them is through a monetary donation. You can do this through Victorian Bushfire appeal.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“Everyone living, working or visiting Mitchell Shire should have a fire plan in place. Leaving early is crucial to your safety for you, your family and your animals. Heed warnings and listen to the CFA,” he said.

“We are well into summer, but it is important for people to continue to review and revise their bushfire survival plans. So that if anything does happen, you will know what to do when you’re and your animals are at risk of fire. Just as every family or household is unique, every fire plan will be different.

“I strongly advise people download the VicEmergency App and stay up to date with all alerts issued by the CFA. And most importantly, leave early.

“I would like to thank our local emergency services and DELWP staff for their considerable work supporting Mitchell Shire and the wider community. They are real-life superheroes and we cannot thank them enough.”

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.