Emergency guide launched

Mount Alexander Shire Council emergency management officer Zac Abbott, Castlemaine SES deputy controller Daniel Bone, Dhelkaya Health marketing and communications manager Janine McCarthy, FRRR grants program officer Sarah Gradie and Senior Sergeant Darren McQueen of the Castlemaine Police urge community members to grab a copy of the new Emergency Essentials Guide.

Mount Alexander Shire residents now have access to a new Emergency Essentials Guide thanks to the Castlemaine SES and input from other local emergency services.

The first-of-its-kind new resource has been made possible thanks to a $13,000 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Readers can pick up a copy of the handy Emergency Essentials Guide in today’s Midland Express and are encouraged to put it on your fridge as a quick reference guide during emergencies even if the internet or power is down.

Castlemaine SES deputy controller Daniel Bone said the resource had been months in the making.

“We are really grateful to the FRRR for providing the funding, all the local emergency services that have contributed to the guide, and in particular SES member Hugh Finlay for his painstaking efforts editing the material together into an easy to read format,” Mr Bone said.

A total of 7500 copies of the new resource will be distributed across the shire in today’s Express and a further 7500 copies will be available at a number of locations including the Civic Centre, Dhelkaya Health, Castlemaine Police Station, the monthly Castlemaine Farmers Market, and the Midland Express office at 13 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine. 

The Emergency Essentials Guide lists information and local emergency contact numbers to support residents faced with a range of issues including crime and violence, animal emergencies, medical emergencies, heatwaves, flood and storm events, fire in the home, emergency resuscitation, bushfire, emergency kit and departure checklist advice, and preparing your home.

The handy reference guide also includes QR Codes that community members can use to access further information.