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Preparing yourself in an emergency

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Storms

Storms can happen anywhere and at any time of the year.

However, in Victoria the most common period for storms are from October to May.

We encourage residents to be prepared by taking some simple steps.

These include:

  • Clearing gutters, downpipes and drains of debris;
  • Tidy your yard of loose objects;
  • Secure items such as outdoor settings and trampolines;
  • Trim branches that overhang homes or buildings; and
  • Park your car undercover and away from powerlines and trees.

Further facts and helpful hints can be found in the SES StormSafe fact sheet or by visiting SES Victoria's StormSafe website.


Flood 
March 4 flood les stone park

The Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) is the control agency for flooding in Victoria, which means that they are responsible for planning for floods, and for managing flood response if they do occur.

Their StormSafe website has all the information you need including an emergency toolkit.

It is also important to know your area and flood prone areas.

Make sure you know what the terms 'major', 'moderate' and 'minor' flooding mean to your area and at what 'official river height' your home becomes isolated or inundated.

You should also get details of local flood plans, whether you may need to evacuate, and how to get to the nearest safe location.

To find out more, please contact our planning team on (02) 6022 9300 or your local SES branch.

Wodonga has had minor flooding in recent times due to Wodonga Creek breaking its bank on some occassions including December, 2010, February, 2011 and March, 2012.

Residents should take the following precautions during floods:

  • If your property has been flood affected, check your home or buildings for damage before you enter;
  • If your building has been flooded, all electrical and gas appliances should be checked by a licensed technician before you use them;
  • Floodwaters are dangerous - never drive, walk or ride through floodwaters;
  • Floodwaters are toxic - never drive, walk or ride through floodwaters;
  • Don't allow children to play in floodwater;
  • Keep clear of creeks and affected footpaths (including footpaths with silt after a flood);
  • Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains; and
  • Keep well clean of fallen powerlines.

You should also never attempt to drive through floodwaters.

Road closures will be listed on this website and also at vicroads.vic.gov.au

Flood warnings and river levels are monitoring by bom.gov.au/vic

A road closure due to flooding in March, 2012.


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Fire

CFA are the leading authority on fire and bushfire threat in Victoria.

Fire Danger Ratings have been introduced that will detail when fire conditions are severe, extreme or catastrophic (code red). All Victorians need to know what these ratings mean for them and how days of higher risk will affect their Bushfire Survival Plan.

CFA has also developed a new household self-assessment tool that will help you determine if your house has enough defendable space around it.

This should be the first step in preparing your Bushfire Survival Plan as it will help you decide if staying to defend during a bushfire is a viable and safe option for you.

Even if you don't plan to stay to defend, there are steps you can take now to prepare your home for the summer fire season each year and give it the best chance of surviving a bushfire.

Cleaning out gutters, mowing the lawn, managing vegetation and removing or reducing the number of items that can catch fire within 30m of your house will all help.

It's important to remember that fire doesn't only threaten people who live in dense bush.

Suburban homes can also be destroyed by bushfire.

Embers can travel kilometres ahead of a bush, grass or scrub fire, igniting leaves in gutters, vegetation, fences and other items around the home.

You will find more detailed information in the FireReady fact sheet, at cfa.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

We have also established three Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs), which provide residents in bushfire affected areas a place of last resort during a bushfire.

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PDFMuncipal Fire Prevention Plan2012-2014 - Updated March 2017 (PDF 4004KB)


Last updated: 09-10-2017

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