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Updates to the VicEmergency website

POSTED: 
26 February 2016

The VicEmergency website has been updated to offer additional features and information to help Victorians better plan for an emergency.

Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said the updates reflected the commitment of the sector to offer the community the best possible experience to access information and warnings in one place before, during or after any emergency.

“Since the new website went live in November last year, we have had lots of great feedback from the community about things that they liked and things they thought could be improved. Many of these changes reflect that,” he said.

“We will continue to update the website to make sure we are offering a site that is both helpful and easy to use for any member of the community. It has stood up really well this summer and will continue to do so for the years ahead.”  

The new features that appear on the Prepare and Get Ready section – www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare - now allow you to see visually on a map the type of emergencies that have previously occurred across Victoria.

This includes bushfire history over the past 50 years and flood likelihood over the past 100 years.

Other helpful emergency information has also been added to the map such as Fire Danger Ratings across the state, location of Neighbourhood Safer Places, CFA and MFB map boundaries, and planned burns history over the past 10 years.

Another change based on community feedback is the reintroduction of an icon to distinguish between an active fire and a fire that is no longer posing any threat to the community. This allows the community to easily identify new fire starts on the main Incidents and Warnings page as they are reported.

Along with the VicEmergency website, Victorians can also get information by tuning in to ABC local radio, or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or SKY TV, by downloading the FireReady App, phoning the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 or following VicEmergency on Twitter and Facebook

Emergency Management Victoria manages the VicEmergency website in partnership with Victoria’s emergency management agencies and departments, including the Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the Victoria State Emergency Service, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Department of Health and Human Services, the Bureau of Meteorology and Life Saving Victoria.