Date: 2021-12-16 04:29:26
A series of improvements have been made to the VicEmergency website, app and social media channels.
The changes were made as part of the Australian Warning System, an agreement to align the approach of states and territories in issuing emergency warnings for the five major hazards of fire, flood, extreme heat, severe weather and cyclones.
Australians will be interacting with the same warnings system on the Victorian, NSW and South Australian sides of the borders, Acting Emergency Management Commissioner Chris Stephenson said.
“In the case of a hazard that spans two states, both will use the same icons, and warning level names and colours,” he said.
“Residents and visitors will not have to navigate two separate systems, which will make directions much clearer.”
The move to a nationally aligned system was a recommendation from the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.
Warnings on VicEmergency now use the warning levels of ‘Advice’, ‘Watch and Act’ and ‘Emergency Warning’, and also have an action statement, advising people exactly what to do in response to emergencies.
There will be no major change to the way Victorians receive emergency warnings, Mr Stephenson said, but emergency warnings on VicEmergency will allow the most important direction to be seen immediately in the headline.
“This will help the community make the right decision to protect themselves, others and their property in a timely manner,” he said.
“The directions from emergency response agencies will be clear, ensuring communities know when it is best to stay or leave their homes, and when the threat is reduced enough to return home.”
These changes are in line with a national approach to emergency information and warnings, according to the State Control Centre.
You can follow VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter for updates or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.