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Accessing information and warnings
Emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s important to be prepared to ensure the safety of yourself, those around you, and your property. There are simple steps you can take to prepare which can make you feel more confident and in control. For more information on what actions you can take, visit Emergency Prepare.
You should have at least 2 ways to access information and warnings during an emergency. The recommended sources are to:
- download the VicEmergency App
- call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226
- tune into your local ABC news radio, visit www.emv.vic.gov.au
- follow VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.
If you or a family member speak another language and require access to emergency services information, you can find it by clicking through to the above links and changing the language content on the website by looking in the either the top left or right hand corner, and filtering the drop down options to choose the language you prefer.
Download the VicEmergency App
The VicEmergency app is an emergency management tool developed by the Victorian Government to help people stay informed during times of emergency. The app provides real-time information and warnings about emergencies such as bushfires, floods, storms, and other natural disasters. You can download the app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) on your mobile device, or alternatively visit emergency.vic.gov.au.
Create an Emergency Plan
Preparing an emergency plan for your household can help you enhance the safety of yourself, your loved ones and your property during a crisis. Once you have created your plan, make sure you review and practice it regularly with your family. This will allow you to feel prepared, identify any gaps and build confidence if a disaster strikes.
For more information and to access free emergency plan templates, visit Protect what matters most – Emergency Prepare
Review your home & contents insurance
Home and contents insurance can provide financial protection for your home and personal belongings in case of unexpected events, including fire, flood, storm and other damages that may occur. Having an updated insurance policy is important for both homeowners and renters.
If your home is damaged in an emergency, it may take a while for it to be rebuilt or for you to find a new rental. Having an insurance policy that includes temporary accommodation will also provide you somewhere to live in the meantime.
For more information on why insurance is so important and how you can prepare your finances for emergencies, visit the below websites:
- Department of Families Fairness and Housing Victoria | Insure it. It's worth it
- Insure It, It's Worth It Guide – Good Shepherd.
Learn about different emergency risks and situations
If you would like more information on how to better prepare yourself for specific emergencies such as house fires, bushfires, storms, and floods, you can visit the below emergency services sites:
To learn more about bushfire and grassfire management in the City of Casey visit Bushfire management.
Preparing your business for an emergency
Preparing your business for an emergency is important for many reasons, including protecting your employees and customers, protecting your assets and inventory, minimising property damage, meeting legal requirements and much more. Preparing your business can include:
- Creating an emergency plan
- Training your staff in how to respond to an emergency.
- Ensuring your business insurance plan is up to date.