26 September 2023

VICSES says Autumn no time for complacency

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As the summer heat begins to fade, the Victoria State Emergency Services (VICSES) is urging communities not to become complacent in the face of the risk of natural disasters.

Calling on people to understand their local risks, VICSES said despite the State recording its lowest bushfire activity since 2010-11 in terms of area burnt, the risk of bushfires had not passed.

“Though Victoria’s drier than average conditions are expected to continue into autumn, it’s important for communities to understand their local risks,” VICSES said.

“Emergency services will continue to keep an eye on any changes in conditions, with outlook of normal fire potential across most of Victoria, expected into the autumn season,” it said.

“Though we expect rainfall to be lower than average, we know that a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture.

“Heavy, isolated falls remain a risk to Victorians as they travel around the State, over Easter and through to ANZAC Day.”

VICSES reminded Victorians not to become complacent, and encouraged them to consider how they might prepare their property, their neighbours, and their community for adverse conditions.

It also encouraged bushwalkers to plan for fewer hours of daylight, particularly through gullies and low-lying areas where dusk falls sooner.

Further information on planning for emergencies at home can be accessed at this PS News link.

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