During an Emergency

During an emergency it is important to enact your emergency plan. Visit the following sections for more information about how to stay safe during an emergency. For more information about preparing for an emergency, visit our preparing for an emergency page.

Fire|Flood|Heatwave|Storm

Fire

A Neighbourhood Safer Place - Bushfire Place of Last Resort (NSP-BPLR) is not a community fire refuge or emergency relief centre. NSP-BPLRs are places of last resort during the passage of a bushfire, and are intended to be used by persons whose primary bushfire plans have failed.

NSP-BPLRs are places of relative safety only. They do no guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. There may also be serious risks to safety encountered in travelling to NSP-BPLRs during a bushfire.

Depending on the position and direction of a bushfire, a designed NSP-BPLR may not be safer than other locations within the area.

The following are designated places of last resort within the Hindmarsh Municipality:

Location Address
Dimboola Bicentennial Community Park
Between Carpark and High Street
Corner High Street (Dimboola-Rainbow Road) and Lloyd street Dimboola
Jeparit Skate Park and Playground Area Corner of Broadway and Edith Street Jeparit
Nhill Davis Park Recreation Reserve
South East quarter of Oval
Bounded by Davis Avenue, Park Street, King Street and Fraser Street Nhill. Entry off Davis Avenue
Rainbow Federal Street
Footpath area outside MECCA building
Corner of Federal Street and Butter Factory Lane Rainbow

For further information on NSP-BPLRs please visit the CFA Website.

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.

Flood

Visit the following links to learn about how to stay safe during a flood.

SES Sandbagging Guide

Flood Victoria - During a flood

Better Health – what to do during a flood 

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.

Heatwave

There are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink water - even if you don't feel thriety, drink water. Take a bottle of water with you always.
  • Hot cars kill - never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
  • Keep cool - seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
  • Plan ahead - schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
  • Help others - look after those most at risk in the heat - your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition, and don't forget your pets.

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.

Storm

During a storm, you will need stay safe and find shelter away from drains and waterways. Be prepared for possible power outages, and avoid any floodwaters.
For more information about preparing for a storm, visit our preparing for an emergency page.

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

With the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Hindmarsh Shire customer service centres and libraries will gradually reopen to the public.

From Wednesday 17 June 2020, the telephone operating system will be operational between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm from Monday to Friday.

From Monday 22 June 2020, the Nhill customer service centre will be open for appointments only between the hours 9am - 12noon and 2pm - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Jeparit and Rainbow customer services centres and the new Hindmarsh Shire Libraries service in Nhill, Jeparit, and Rainbow will be reviewed on a regular basis, with the aim to open mid-late July subject to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Dimboola customer service and library will be reviewed on a regular basis, with the aim to open mid-late July subject to completion of the current building works and COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

See more council services changes or information about COVID-19