Do not rely on an official warning to leave. Emergency incidents can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes.
When warnings are issued you need to understand what each one means.
The warning level is based on incident conditions and impact on the community, therefore the first warning issued could be an Emergency Warning - the highest level of warning.
There are three different levels of warnings:
- 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.
- You are in imminent danger and need to take action immediately.
- You will be impacted by the emergency.
How we warn the community
Where to find warnings
- Warnings & Incidents Warnings, incidents and planned burns are all displayed on the VicEmergency website; the single location for all emergency information in Victoria.
- Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667.
Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
If you don't speak English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450
- Radio & TV - ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations and Sky News TV
- Social media - Twitter @CFA_Updates and facebook.com/cfavic
- FireReady App on your mobile phone device
Keep an eye on conditions outside. You might be aware of a fire before the emergency services.
If you see flames or a column of smoke, always call 000 immediately.
Alerts and Sirens
Emergency Alert is a telephone warning system used by all emergency services to warn of Bushfire, Flood, and Storms.
The system uses the registered address and actual location of your telephone, so it can reach you:
- when your home or school is near the emergency and
- when you are travelling with your mobile within the warning area.
Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)
A distinctive siren sound may be played over the radio or TV before an alert message is broadcast.
SEWS Community Service Announcement (Includes introduction):
SEWS Standard Emergency Warning Signal (Siren sound only):
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