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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2010
IMPORTANT LINKS AND INFORMATION FOR WHEN YOU
PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY
Victorian Governme nt www.health.vic.gov.au/pandemicinfluenza
Victorian Government www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/heatwave/
Department of Human www.dhs.vic.gov.au/home
WHAT TO DO IN DIFFERENT
Heatwave is perhaps the most under-rated natural hazard. Every summer
people suffer from heat stress when the body absorbs more heat than it
can dispel. Acting quickly can help reduce the risk of heatstroke.
Maintain hydration by drinking plenty of water and fluids and avoiding
alcohol and sugary/fizzy drinks that may increase dehydration.
Keep the body cool by utilising techniques such as damp towels,
cool showers, wearing appropriate clothing and avoiding strenuous
Block out the sun during the day by closing curtains and blinds and
open up windows and doors when there is a cool breeze.
Spend as much time as possible in cool or air conditioned buildings
• (e.g. shopping centres, galleries and museums).
If you must go outside stay in the shade and take plenty of water.
Do not leave children and pets in parked vehicles.
If you suffer a chronic illness or feel ill see your doctor.
Keep animals in the shade with plenty of water.
In the event of flooding from heavy rain and watercourses:
listen to ABC radio and/or your local radio station for warnings and
plan which indoor items you will raise if water threatens your home;
prepare to move furniture, vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage,
chemicals and poisons to higher locations; and
if necessary, turn off power, water and gas.
For flood information visit the SES website www.ses.vic.gov.au
If your property is damaged by flood contact the SES on 132 500.
Severe storms are the most frequently occurring natural hazards. You can
help minimise the effects of storms by maintaining the trees around your
property. You can also maintain gutters and downpipes, as most electrical
problems occur due to ceilings being flooded.
WHEN A STORM WARNING IS BROADCAST
Storm warnings are advised via ABC radio, news, the internet and the Bureau
of Meteorology. If a storm warning is issued for the Ballarat area, please:
listen to ABC and/or local radio for information and advice;
make contact with neighbours to ensure they are appropriately prepared;
bring children and pets indoors;
stay clear of windows;
move outdoor furniture to a safe location such as the garage;
park your car undercover and away from trees;
keep an emergency kit in your car; and
put your family emergency kit where you can find it easily.
While the storm is passing through stay indoors if possible. If you are stuck
in your car during a storm do not drive into water of unknown depth, slow
down and turn headlights on, be alert and watch for hazards on the road,
such as powerlines. Where possible pull over to the side of the road in a
clear safe area.
Council is committed to fire safety and prevention in order to reduce the
incidence of fires within and around Ballarat. While Council's Fire Prevention
Officer works to ensure the reduction of fire hazards, it is the responsibility
of residents to mitigate fire risks on their property by ensuring that it is
clean and well maintained. Council is responsible for managing the risk of
fire on Council land and residents are responsible for managing fire risk
on their own land.
Roadside management is a responsibility shared by Council and VicRoads.
DSE is responsible for roads in state forests, nationals parks, state parks
and other protected public land. Each year the City of Ballarat undertakes
a roadside slashing program of Council managed roads to reduce the
occurrence and impact of fire. VicRoads and DSE also undertake parallel
roadside slashing. Start and completion dates can be influenced by the
implementation of the Country Fire Authority's Declared Fire Danger Period
and Total Fire Ban Days (TFB).
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