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Upgrade to the VicEmergency app today

17 November 2016

With hot weather expected across the state today, now is the time to download the new VicEmergency app and get ready for the summer season.

The VicEmergency app replaces the FireReady app and is now available to download from the App Store or Google Play. FireReady will be switched off and no longer available from midday tomorrow, Friday 18 November. 

The new VicEmergency app provides Victorians with access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquake, tsunamis and water safety and will work alongside the new VicEmergency Hotline and upgraded VicEmergency website this summer.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said with warm weather on the way and storms and floods a regular feature in Victoria, now was the time to upgrade to the new VicEmergency app.

Download the VicEmergency app now so you know how it works well before you need to use it. Create a profile and set-up watch zones so you can access tailored information across multiple devices including mobile phones, tablets and the VicEmergency website.

The VicEmergency app provides an improved user-experience with a range of new features, capabilities and design improvements including:

  • Incident and warning notifications for all emergencies
  • User profile that enables simultaneous access to watch zones and emergency notifications across multiple devices
  • Creation of up to 20 watch zones tailored to individual locations and needs
  • Ability to edit watch zones and turn notifications on and off.
  • Screen view rotation to view the incident map horizontally
  • Responsive design for iPads and tablet devices
  • The VicEmergency website has also been upgraded to create and edit watch zones and send email notifications

Mr Lapsley said a new VicEmergency hotline would also be used this summer to make it easier for the community to access emergency information through one number.

The VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226 brings together all emergency numbers including the Victorian Bushfire Information Line, the Victorian Emergency Relief Information Line and the VICSES Flood and Storm Information Line.

“The VicEmergency website, app and hotline will provide a joined-up approach for Victorians to access timely information for a number of emergencies across multiple channels,’’ he said.

“Through having access to better information, we can make better decisions that result in better outcomes and a safer community.’’

The VicEmergency website, app and hotline brings together information and warnings from agencies including Country Fire Authority (CFA), Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Life Saving Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), and Victoria State Emergency Service (SES).

Victorians are reminded to know how to stay informed and to never rely on one source for emergency information.

Victorians can get emergency information from a number of sources including the VicEmergency app,, tuning in to ABC radio or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or Sky TV or by phoning the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 and following VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.

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