In this issue:                                                                     December, 2013

Merry Christmas from the MAV Emergency Management team
Good Practice Model developed

Other updates from the MAV
Men on Black Saturday research released
New digital emergency tools for Victorians
Automated Fire Danger Rating signs
Award winners announced


Merry Christmas from the MAV Emergency Management team

The festive season is upon us and the MAV would like to thank you for your collaboration throughout 2013.

Ongoing support and partnerships are beneficial to both the MAV and the sector. We look forward to a prosperous 2014.

Please enjoy our Christmas video e-card.

Good Practice Model developed

The MAV’s cluster pilot project has progressed with a good practice governance model, developed for emergency management service delivery across a regional or sub-regional cluster of councils.

This work has been funded through the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme, the MAV and participating councils.

A variation of the recommended governance model will be piloted by the City of Greater Bendigo, Campaspe, Loddon and Mount Alexander shires for specific areas of emergency management.

The project was initiated by the MAV in recognition of the need for a more sustainable model of emergency management operations within the sector.

For more information, contact Ros Handley.

Other updates from the MAV

The MAV has called for council nominees to convene a working group to help produce a consolidated view on the State Government’s response to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee’s (ENRC) Inquiry into Flood Mitigation Infrastructure in Victoria.

The Department of Health is currently re-writing the Victorian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (VHMPPI), and the MAV is seeking feedback on the draft document.

The MAV has also requested a review of the Local Government Pandemic Planning Toolkit and the Community Support and Recovery sub plan, both developed in 2008, in light of the lessons learned during the H1N1 2009 pandemic.

Men on Black Saturday research released

Researchers from Women’s Health Goulburn North East, in partnership with Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI) have completed research on Men on Black Saturday: risks and opportunities for change.

While much has been said about men during and after this event, this research gave men the opportunity to speak about their experiences.

The key learnings and recommendations from the research were presented at the ‘Just Ask’ conference that was held in Melbourne.

The MAV attended the Just Ask conference and will incorporate the learnings from the conference and research into our Gender and Emergency Management Strategy.

The authors of the research, Claire Zara and Debra Parkinson are members on the MAV’s Gender and Emergency Management Advisory Group.

New digital emergency tools for Victorians

Victorians can now access real-time emergency information from the new VicEmergency website and the updated FireReady app.

The website is the primary site for fire and flood warnings, and shows emergency incidents in Victoria on a real-time Google Map display. The site includes bushfire and grassfire incidents, and other emergencies such as storms, earthquakes, power outages and traffic incidents. Visitors can also access planning and recovery information on fire and flood.

The FireReady app provides access to official warnings, information on planned burns and other types of incidents across Victoria attended by Country Fire Authority (CFA), the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

FireReady app users will be able to see a live incident map for their current location advising them of incidents, warnings, fire danger ratings and total fire bans. Users will automatically receive push notifications for fire danger ratings of severe, extreme and code red, as well as total fire bans.

All Victorians need to access more than one source of emergency warnings. For fire warnings this summer you can also check CFA's Facebook page and Twitter, listen to local radio or ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

Automated Fire Danger Rating signs

There are now 57 automated fire danger rating signs in highly visible and high traffic locations across Victoria. The automated signs display the daily fire danger rating by weather district and are automatically updated from the CFA website using an RSS feed and 3G technology.

The automated signs can also be updated with an alert message sent directly from the State Control Centre, so that motorists will receive up-to-date information on changing conditions.

The automated fire danger rating signs are in addition to approximately 350 static fire danger rating signs across the state, which are updated manually by CFA brigades every day in summer.

Fire danger ratings are also available on the CFA website, by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, or on the FireReady smartphone app.

Award winners announced

The 2013 Fire Awareness Awards were announced on 4 December. The awards recognise a variety of projects that reduce the effect of fires in Victoria.

Entries showcased creative ways to prepare for emergencies and disasters, and develop community resilience.

The MAV congratulates all winners, with a special congratulations to Moorabool Shire for its Blackwood and surrounds evacuation exercise and emergency services expo.

Winners and grant recipients can be viewed on the Fire Awareness Awards website.

The national Resilient Australia Awards were held in Canberra this month. Twenty projects supporting innovative practices and achievements to build disaster resilience were recognised from 170 entries across the nation.

The awards recognise excellence in organisations promoting disaster resilience from the government, non-government and private sectors.

The 2013 Resilient Australia Award booklet provides an overview of the award recipients and all nominated projects.

The MAV would like to congratulate all Victorian winners, particularly the Northern Grampians Shire for winning the local government category for its Stawell Steps / Monash Steps project.

Upcoming MAV events...

4 March

The Company Directors Course

26 March

Smart Urban Futures


Key events for the year ahead


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