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Bushfire Emergency Management

Bushfire SurvivalAt the beginning of the year we ask for parents and staff to nominate what their preference is on Extreme Days, whether they will sending their students to school or keeping them at home. Staff nominate whether they will be attending school or not on those days. On Code Red days the two campuses are closed.

Aireys Campus and Lorne Campus have an Emergency Management Plan (EMP) to cover the emergency procedures in the event of a Bushfire. Aireys Campus circulated their EMP in an earlier newsletter. If you should require a copy of the latest EMP from either campus please contact the school.

Understand the Fire Danger Rating

Being familiar with the Fire Danger Ratings and the recommended actions will help keep Victorians and visitors safe over the fire danger period.

A feature of weather forecasts, the Fire Danger Rating, indicates how dangerous a fire would be if one started. They can be found in newspapers, broadcast on radio, television and on websites.

Fire Danger Ratings are based on the weather conditions and the amount of dry vegetation.

A Code Red Fire Danger Rating is the highest rating and signals the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire. While Code Red days are very serious, they are also very rare with only two Code Red days since the Code Red rating was introduced four years ago.

It is important to remember that you are still at risk on days with a High, Very High, Severe and Extreme ratings. These days are much more common, so it is important to understand what they mean and what you will do when they are forecast.

Familiarise yourself with the Fire Danger Ratings and their recommended actions. They will help you to develop bushfire safety procedures and should be used as a prompt to take action. The higher the Fire Danger Rating, the more dangerous the conditions and the more considered your procedures should be.

For more information go to the CFA website.


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