No matter the season, it is a great time to get out and about and explore the region. Enjoy all that the Heart of Victoria has to offer knowing that you have taken a moment to think about staying safe.
In region blessed with wonderful national parks, beautiful waterways and the best that nature has to offer, it is important to be aware and prepare.
Parks Victoria offers information on safety such as bushfires, day trips, remote parks, drinking water, tree risks and water safety. Visit their website www.parks.vic.gov.au and you can also find out about closures and conditions in the relevant parks.
For information on fires go directly to www.emergency.vic.gov.au.This website is the single source of information and advice to help everyone prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergencies.
www.emergency.vic.gov.au carries information and warnings for bushfires, grassfires, building fires, hazardous material incidents, storms, power outages and traffic incidents.
You can also call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667 (free call) of TTY 1800 122 969. Please note the Victorian Bushfire Information Line will have the same information about a fire as the website.
Make sure you:
- Download the FireReady app – Apple and Android
- Check the weather conditions with the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au.
- Check Fire Rating Dangers and Total Fire Bans www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Call Triple 000 to access police and emergency services if there is an emergency
Always have a fully charged mobile phone battery (and keep it charged). Remember you may not always have mobile phone reception in regional Victoria.
Stay safe in all of your activities whether cycling, swimming, hiking, walking, boating, fishing or driving around the region. Remember to keep hydrated and be sun smart.