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About warnings

Where to find warnings

In extreme circumstances, telephone warnings might be sent to your landline or mobile phone using the Emergency Alert system.

Do not rely on an official warning to leave. Bushfires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes.

Understanding warnings

When bushfire warnings are issued you need to understand what each one means. There are three levels, each increasing in importance.

  •    Advice

    • General information to keep you up-to-date with developments.
  • Watch and Act

    • An emergency threatens you.
    • Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect your health, life and your family.
  •  Emergency Warning

    • You are in imminent danger and need to take action immediately.
    • You will be impacted by the emergency.

    • Emergency activity in the area has subsided and is no longer a danger to you

Community Alert Sirens

TV & Radio sirens

A community alert siren sound may be played over the radio or TV before an emergency warning is broadcast. This is known as SEWS (Standard Emergency Warning Signal).

SEWS Community Service Announcement (Includes introduction):

Download MP3 - 1mb | Download WAV- 705k

SEWS Standard Emergency Warning Signal (Siren sound only):

Download MP3 - 764k

To download an audio file, right click the link and select 'Save Target As' or 'Save Link as'.

Comunity Alert Sirens

  • Community Alert Sirens (short) – a short, 90-second siren will indicate CFA Brigade members are responding to an emergency incident nearby
  • Community Alert Sirens (extended) – a prolonged, 5-minute siren will indicate that a current emergency has been identified in the local area and people should seek further information about a potential threat

Community sirens are used as part of Victoria’s warning system for all hazards – including flood, fire and storm.

Evacuation messages

Evacuation will only be recommended if there is an imminent threat to you, and evacuation can be undertaken safely.

How we warn the community


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