Gippsland FM is an official Emergency Broadcaster in line with a signed Memorandum of Understanding with Emergency Management Victoria.
During emergencies such as bushfires or other large scale emergencies, the emergency response team at Gippsland FM monitor the situation and all communication from Emergency Management Victoria.
This means that sponsorship announcement breaks may extend in duration for the addition of emergency messages the station is obliged to broadcast.
During larger scale emergencies within our broadcast area, live programming may be suspended in order to bring vital communications and emergency messages from EMV and the relevant emergency service agencies (CFA, MFB, FRV, Victoria Police, SES, Ambulance Victoria etc.)
Australia is currently in a La Niña weather pattern which means a higher likelihood of above average rainfall and a lower likelihood of exceeding the median maximum temperatures at this time of year.
While this brings potentially cooler weather and increased rainfall, this does NOT mitigate the bushfire risk particularly in South-Eastern Australia; higher rainfall can be attributed to faster vegetation growth, increasing fuel loads for potential fires in addition to drier vegetation in warmer parts of the state.
Victoria remains one of the most bushfire prone regions in the world and with milder conditions predicted, it is important to always remain vigilant and not become complacent.
Ensure your household has a bushfire plan prepared for the summer period and that you and your family will know what to do in case of a fire.
More information about a bushfire survival plan can be found on the CFA website by clicking here.
It is also important to keep updated on the current Fire Danger rating
With the current La Niña climate cycle bringing increased rainfall, this poses the additional risk of potential severe storms and flooding through the Summer 2020/21 period.
It is important you have a plan in place for what you and your family will do in case of floods.
More information about preparing for flooding can be found on the Victorian SES website by clicking here
More information about severe storms and preparation can be found on the Victorian SES website by clicking here
Learn more about severe thunderstorms from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology by clicking here. Monitor local weather conditions and warning on the BoM website.
Learn more about heat health alerts, days of extreme heat and how to keep healthy and safe on extreme heat days from the Department of Health and Human Services by clicking here.