Preparing for an emergency, fire or flood event during COVID-19 restrictions
Summer is not just about fire risk. It also presents a higher risk of storms, heat and flooding.
- If you need to leave your home due to extreme weather, heat, bushfire or flood, please do so. Follow your normal evacuation or relocation plans in a COVIDSafe way.
- You can leave your home if your health and safety, or the health or safety of someone you live with is at risk. You can travel to a friend or family member’s home, or book into alternative accommodation like a hotel or motel.
- Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
- If you have COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and need to evacuate, please don’t hesitate to leave. Wear a face mask, and contact the Department of Health on the number you have been provided as soon as you can.
Talk to your local fire service, family, friends and neighbours about the fire risk where you live and make a fire plan for what you’ll do on hot, dry, windy days. Plan what your trigger is to leave, and where you will go to stay safe.
'Leaving early' means being away from high-risk areas before there are any signs of fire. It does not mean waiting for a warning or a siren or waiting to see or smell smoke.
Resources are available to help community members increase their understanding of local fire or flood risks, prepare their properties and plan how to stay safe.
Victorians can get emergency information from a number of sources, including the free VicEmergency app, , by tuning in to ABC Radio or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or Sky TV, or by phoning the VicEmergency Hotline on and following VicEmergency on and .