Bass Coast,
28
August
2014
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03:40
Australia/Melbourne

Parks Preparing For Emergencies

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Knowing what to do in case of an emergency can be stressful enough for families, let alone caravan park operators with hundreds of people on holidays in their park.

To help them prepare for the upcoming fire season, Bass Coast Shire Council hosted 18 operators from 13 local caravan parks to an information session at the Wonthaggi CFA Station last week.

Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said operators heard presentations from both the CFA and SES.

“Having an Emergency Management Plan is a requirement of caravan park registration, so the purpose of the session was to assist caravan park operators during the preparation and review of their emergency management planning,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Each operator received a copy of a Fire Ready Kit for tourism businesses, along with supporting material, prepared by the CFA and Tourism Victoria, while the SES spoke about natural emergencies such as storms and floods.”

Fire Ready Kits included sections on:

  • Identifying  risk
  • Planning for what they’d do if there was an emergency
  • How to be prepared, including employees
  • Understand ratings, restrictions and warnings for fire and severe weather warnings for storm and flood
  • Information for visitors and employees
  • Developing a plan and practising the plan