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Photo: Tony Driscoll - Fire on Newlands Arm
Many households don’t own a woollen blanket - synthetic blankets are cheaper and often warmer! The trouble is, a synthetic blanket is highly flammable and potentially lethal in a fire.
During the fire season, EVERY island household should have a woollen blanket in the back of the car, along with a couple of bottles of water.
The Raymond Island Community Association (RICA) stockpiles pure wool blankets for loan to community members in an emergency situation. If you’ve got a spare old woollen blanket please contact one of the committee members. Condition is unimportant!
Fire awareness award
The RICA Emergency Preparation Committee formed in 2009. Their work was recognised for their efforst by taking out the major award in the 2010 Victorian Fire Awareness Awards. Read the Paynesville Post article.
Victorian fire authorities assess Raymond Island as having an extreme bushfire risk. Combined high fuel load, limited access and a relatively elderly population presents some challenges in making our community bushfire ready. Residents and visitors should be prepared for fire and plan for when the fire danger rating is SEVERE,,EXTREME or CODE RED.
This community information guide includes a map containing key elements of Raymond Island’s bushfire risk. At the time of publication, there are two designated Neighbourhood Safer Places - places of last resort at Raymond Island. Find out more on the CFA website.
To assist people to leave early, and to plan for an orderly evacuation if necessary, residents and visitors should not expect to get their vehicle off the island in the event of a fire. On the evening before a Code Red day, the ferry will operate continuously throughout the night to ensure people are able to leave early.
Fire risk on Raymond Island
What is the risk of bushfire on Raymond Island and how is it best managed? Our community consultation group met in November 2015 with Dept Environment, Water, Land & Planning - and CFA representatives to find out.
Remember your radio
The radio is your best friend in a bushfire. ABC Regional radio is the official emergency services network and the only way to stay fully informed of bushfire information is to turn the radio on and keep it on whenever there is a high fire danger day.
Loss of electricity is commonplace in bushfire situations, so make sure your radio can also be operated on batteries - and that you have spare batteries on hand. If you don’t already own a battery-operated radio you really should make this a top priority before the bushfire season.
ABC local radio
Victorian fire authorities assess Raymond
Island as having an extreme bushfire risk.
Combined high fuel load, limited access and a
relatively elderly population presents some
challenges in making our community bushfire
ready. Residents and visitors should be
prepared for fire and plan for when the fire
danger rating is SEVERE,,EXTREME or CODE