> Be prepared with another
source of water
Our bushfire preparation this season includes making sure our customers know how important it is to put aside some drinking water and to be ready with an alternative source of water in the event of a bushfire.
A bushfire may impact on our ability to maintain your water pressure or to supply water if a water asset is damaged.
If you intend to defend your property, be prepared with another source of water if town water becomes limited or unavailable.
>Alternative water sources
Consider installing a water tank specifically for fire fighting purposes.
If you have a swimming pool or dam consider using these as a source of water for fire fighting.
Rubbish bins, wheelie bins, bathtubs, laundry troughs and 44 gallon drums can also be used.
> Pumping water
To draw water from an independent water supply, a petrol or diesel fire-fighting pump is needed.
Consult a pump specialist to determine the size of the pump and fittings needed. Hoses for use in the event of a bushfire should be able to reach all areas of your home.
> Fire Districts
There are nine Fire Districts within Victoria, four of these are within our region. To view which Fire District (PDF 5MB) you are located in click on the link or on the image below.
> Fire Danger Rating
See the CFA website for Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Ban declarations.
Fire Danger Ratings are forecast for four days and a Total Fire Ban is declared by CFA on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and could be difficult to control.
If a district has not been declared a Total Fire Ban, fire restrictions may still apply for each municipality.
VicEmergency is Victoria's primary website for emergency warnings for fire and flood and provides a single source of information and advice to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
> Bushfire Survival Plan
Before the fire season starts, you should develop a Fire Ready Kit, to help you understand the risks on your property and be prepared in case of a bushfire.
You can download the Fire Ready Kit from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) website.
> General fire readiness information
To make sure you’re fire ready refer to the CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667 (deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677).
> Emergency telephone numbers
VicRoads road closure information: 13 11 70
Wildlife rescue: 1300 094 535
State Emergency Service (SES): 13 25 00
> Emergency updates
CFA Updates on Twitter
CFA Updates on Facebook
ABC Central Victoria 91.1 FM
ABC Central Victoria on Twitter
> Key information services
Fire Ready App for Android
Fire Ready App for Apple
Bureau of Meteorology Victoria
Department of Environment and Primary Industries
VicRoads Road Closures and Traffic Alerts
> Our information flyer
Download our Bushfire Readiness and Your Local Water Supply (PDF 1.50MB)