You are caught in an emergency – what do you do now?
- Follow your plan
- Animals in emergencies
- Surviving extreme heat
- Power outages
- NSPs - places of last resort
Follow your Plan
The Before page has lots of information about planning and preparation.
- Understand the warnings
- Know where to go for information
- Know what to do in a fire
- Get Ready for a range of emergencies
If you have left early or had to evacuate, information about relief and recovery services is on our After page.
Animals in Emergencies
Animals are often ‘part of the family’ and we need to plan for them too in times of emergencies and natural disasters.
Your animals are your responsibility and the best way to ensure the safety of your pets, animals and stock in times of emergency is to have a well thought out plan and to be prepared. If possible, organise somewhere safe to take your animals and leave early.
There is excellent information on the Agriculture Victoria web pages to assist with planning and preparing for your animals.
- The CFA also provides a lot of information about preparing your property, horses and livestock
Surviving Extreme Heat
It sure gets hot in summer! But did you know heatwave can be lethal - more people die annually from heatwave than bushfire?
Heatwaves and extreme heat can affect anybody. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.
The most important things to remember on a really hot day are:
- Keep cool
- Drink plenty of water
- Stay out of the sun
- Look after yourself and others
- Never leave people or animals in cars on hot days
Here are some useful links:
- Emergency Victoria: steps you can take to prepare yourself, your pets and your home for extreme heat
- Better Health Channel: how to cope and stay safe in extreme heat
It is particularly important to think about what you would do to stay cool during a power failure.
For 24 hour health advice contact Nurse-on-Call: 1300 60 60 24
For life threatening emergencies dial 000
There are some simple things you can do to be prepared and stay safe when the power is out.
Power outages can happen at any time. They can be caused by severe weather, such as lightening, floods, heatwaves, bushfires or high winds, or by trees contacting powerlines. Fortunately they don't happen often in Mansfield Shire, but the best approach is to have a plan for how to cope during a power failure, particularly in very hot conditions.
Some simple tips include having access to:
- A torch or battery-operated light
- A phone that does not rely on electricity (such as a fully-charged mobile phone)
- A battery powered radio for news and updates
- Fresh water (if you rely on an electric pump for water)
- The faults and emergencies contact number for your electricity provider
- A list of key contacts
- Cash so you do not have to rely on an ATM to purchase goods
NSPs - Places of Last Resort
Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP's) are places of last resort, to provide shelter during the passage of a fire, when all other plans have failed. They are not to be considered as places to relocate to when leaving early.
Safety and survival cannot be guaranteed at NSPs and there are no proposals to offer support or services. They will offer the minimum protection against radiant heat and embers.
Road hazards, prevailing conditions and driving to NSP's may pose a significant risk that must be considered in your planning.
The CFA web page has up-to date information on NSPs is available for Mansfield and the whole state.
Neighbourhood Safer Places within Mansfield Shire
|Bonnie Doon||Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve||
2 Davon St Bonnie Doon
|Bonnie Doon||Peppin Point Holiday Park||
75 Peppin Drive Bonnie Doon
|Goughs Bay||Goughs Bay Fire Station||
6 Walshs Road Goughs Bay
|Howqua||Camp Howqua Lodge building||
127 Howqua River Road Howqua
|Jamieson||Paradise Point Holiday Park||
1 The Avenue Jamieson
|Jamieson||Jamieson Memorial Hall||
Perkins & Grey St Jamieson
|Maindample||Maindample Fire Station||
41 Main St Maindample
|Mansfield||Mansfield Sports Complex||
Highett St Mansfield
|Merrijig||Merrijig Public Hall||
1 Alpha St Merrijig
|Merrijig||Pinnacle Valley Resort||
1 Mimosa Drive Merrijig
|Merton||Merton Recreation Reserve||
3138 Merton Euroa Road Merton
|Tolmie||Tolmie Fire Station||
11 Mahaikah Road Tolmie
|Woods Point||Cherry Adit near rear of Police Station||Kennys Track Woods Point|