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Mitchell Shire Council urges residents to plan for bushfires

By Jared Prestwidge

As bushfires continue to burn in the North-East, Mitchell Shire Council has urged residents to implement a bushfire survival plan.

Important details to consider in your plan are how you will look after pets, how to keep across emergency alerts and updates and knowing where your Bushfire Place of Last Resort — Neighbourhood Safer Place is.

Important information will be updated in real-time via the VicEmergency app.

When creating a fire plan, it is important to remember:

  • Who in the household will perform each task?
  • Which Fire Danger Rating is your trigger to leave?
  • Where will you go?
  • What route will you take?
  • What will you take with you?
  • What do you need to organise for your pets or livestock?
  • Who will you tell that you’re leaving?
  • How will you stay informed about warnings and updates?
  • What is your plan B if your car won’t start?

Mayor David Lowe said while many across the shire will have plans in place already, it is strongly advised residents revisit them to make sure they are current and can be acted on.

“We are well into summer, but it is important for people to continue to review and revise their bushfire survival plans,” he said. "So that if anything does happen, you will know what to do when you’re and your animals are at risk of fire. Just as every family or household is unique, every fire plan will be different.

“Everyone living, working or visiting Mitchell Shire should have a fire plan in place. Leaving early is crucial to your safety for you, your family and your animals. Heed warnings and listen to the CFA.”

For more information on fire plans, bushfire emergency and information for your pets visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare