Before emergencies

Person holding pen to plan what to do in emergency

Are you prepared?

Creating a plan

There are many things to consider when faced with danger. Do you grab the photos? What about your dog? Where is your medication? How will you get the horses out? Where are your important identification documents and insurance policies?

When filled with stress and adrenaline, people often panic which could put you and your family in more danger. Avoid regrets by considering the important decisions and writing these down before you are faced with an emergency.  You could even have a copy of all your important documents in a special 'grab bag'.

After you have created your plan, make sure the people around you understand the plan and know their role in an emergency. This might even include people outside of your household such as your neighbours and local community groups.

Resources for creating a plan

Take a look at some of the resources and templates below. Choose one that is right for you or use them to create your own.


Vic Emergency App

Have you downloaded the Vic Emergency App?   VIC Emergency App logo

Do you know where to go for current information before a bushfire starts? When an emergency breaks, chances are no one will come knocking on your door to tell you that you are in danger. You need to keep yourself informed.

You may have limited access to information when an emergency breaks. Mobile reception, electricity and wifi might not be available. Always ensure that you have several backup methods to access information.

The VicEmergency app aligns with the VicEmergency website to provide a centralised location for Victorians to access timely emergency information and warnings.

View the Vic Emergency Website

You can download VicEmergency from the App Store or Google Play.


People who find themselves under insured will find it hard to rebuild after an emergency, it may lead to having to compromise on the type of home you build or could result in having to borrow extra money.  Make sure to check your policy every year to ensure that your policy provides you with enough cover to rebuild to a standard that you are comfortable with.

A bushfire, flood or other emergency could destroy driveways, retaining walls, gardens, sheds, fencing, stock, swimming pools and more. Call your insurance broker or insurance company to discuss your policy limits and coverage.

Many policies do not automatically include flood cover so make sure you know what your policy includes.

If you need to rebuild your home after an emergency, building costs may be increased if you are in a bushfire prone area. To find out if this might affect you, contact the Planning Department at Moorabool Shire Council.

Planning for pets and animals

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Do you have pets or other animals? Make sure to plan for them as well. The resources below will help you develop a plan with your animals in mind.


What Council does before an emergency

To prepare for various emergencies we work closely with the community and other agencies (such as the CFA, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria Police, Victoria SES, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing). We are continuously improving our Municipal Emergency Management Plan(PDF, 2MB). This is our key document that we operate under.

Other plans include:

Municipal Fire Management Plan(PDF, 6MB)

Heatwave Plan(PDF, 2MB)

Influenza Pandemic Plan(PDF, 536KB)

Flood Emergency Plan (external link)

 Municipal Fire Management Plan

  • The Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP) is an integrated plan which is risk based, has regard to the social, economic, built and natural environment aspects of fire and guides participants involved in fire management activities. It is consistent with the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) to ensure that the linkages across fire mitigation, preparedness, prevention, response and recovery programs are consistent and holistic. The plan also contains appropriate reference to other uses of fire, including agricultural, ecological and cultural applications. 
  • The Plan is put together by emergency service agencies that have a responsibility for fire including Country Fire Authority (CFA), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and other key stakeholders.

Download the Moorabool Fire Management Plan(PDF, 6MB)


Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs)

  • NSPs are places of last resort during the passage of a bushfire. They are used when primary bushfire plans have failed.

    NSPs are not a community fire refuge or emergency relief centre. NSPs are places of relative safety only. They do not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. There may be serious safety risks travelling to NSPs during bushfire events. Depending on the direction of a particular fire there may be safer alternatives.

    View the NSP information sheet(PDF, 152KB)

    View our NSP Plan - Places of Last Resort during a Bushfire(DOC, 146KB)


    NSP locations

    Greendale NSP

    Greendale Oval at Egans Reserve, on the Greendale - Ballan Road, is the place of last resort in Greendale.

    Darley NSP

    Darley Civic and Community Hub (Oval) is the place of last resort in Darley.

    Gordon NSP

    Gordon Public Hall is the place of last resort for in Gordon.

    Community Fire Refuge

    Blackwood Community Fire Refuge Community Fire Refuges offer a last resort shelter option if you cannot leave the area in the event of a fire.  For more information: 


    Tour the Blackwood Community Fire Refuge here.


    CFA Community Information Guides

    Community Information Guides are for local residents and visitors to the area. They contain local information for communities to help identify and manage the risk of bushfire.

    The Plans are based on your town’s bushfire history, terrain, vegetation and access routes. They also contain information such as:

    • Community-based maps with key landmarks, routes, and NSPs (where available)
    • Bushfire survival options including shelter options
    • Identification of local bushfire risks
    • Information regarding warnings, evacuation, and Fire Danger Ratings
    • A relocation checklist
    • Key contacts and information sources

    Know your Community Information Guide and link it with your personal bushfire survival plan. Managing bushfire risk is everyone’s responsibility.

    View the Country Fire Authority Community Information Guides