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VicEmergency App update #4

23 December 2016

With hot temperatures expected for a number of days across the Christmas holidays, now is the time to download the VicEmergency app.

A number of new features and design enhancements have been made to improve the VicEmergency app since its release five weeks ago. There has also been more than 500,000 downloads. 

As part a new update released to the app stores yesterday, state alerts will now be visible on the home screen. This means that Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and other statewide warnings will be easily accessible to all users.

Other enhancements include, a message will now appear to alert users of expired notifications while the transition between the splash and home screens has been improved for Android and Apple devices.

Developers and testing teams of the VicEmergency app have worked to improve its functionality, responsiveness and useability.

Extreme heat forecast for the Christmas period will see temperatures hit the high 30s and low 40s right across the state for consecutive days.

With information and warnings about fires, storms, beach closures and shark sightings, the VicEmergency app will provide you with the best information to make the critical decisions about your safety.

It’s important to remember that the VicEmergency app has replaced the FireReady app. FireReady is no longer providing data or emergency information.

You can download the new VicEmergency update today from the App Store or Google Play.

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, Sky TV or by phoning the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 and following VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.

App questions and answers can be found on the VicEmergency Knowledge Base: If users are unable to find an answer to their question, they call also submit a support request via the online form.