VIC Emergency Has Issued A Heat Event Warning & Advice For The Mallee

Extreme heat expected


Rudi Edsall

27 December 2018

Rudi Edsall

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The Emergency Management Commissioner of VIC Emergency has issued an extreme heat message in the Mallee for today until December 29th. 

They have issued the following advice:

Protect your health:

  • Heat can make anyone sick. 
  • People over 65, the very young and those with a pre-existing medical condition are most at risk. 
  • Heat related illness can range from mild conditions, such as a rash or cramps, to heat stroke - which is life threatening.
  • It is vital to monitor your health and the health of those around you. Act early. 
  • To find out more information click HERE.

You should be aware of the risk of heat related illness and take actions early to keep yourself and others safe.

What you should do:

  • Drink water: Even if you don't feel thirsty, drink water. (Unless your doctor has told you otherwise). Take a bottle with you always.
  • Hot cars kill: Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
  • Keep cool: Seek out air-conditioned buildings, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light, 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 friends and family or your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don't forget your pets.
  • Water Safety: Inland waterways, including rivers, creeks, lakes and dams are great for water recreation, but it is important to remember they have many hidden dangers, such as submerged objects, debris and strong currents.   
  • Follow these four safety tips: 

1. Wear a life jacket.
2. Avoid alcohol around water. 
3. Never swim alone. 
4. Learn how to save a life.

Visit www.watersafety.vic.gov.au for more information.  

Where to get help:

  • Call Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24 for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days).
  • Your doctor - if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from a heat-related illness.
  • Survive the heat information is available in several languages.

Call Triple Zero (000) in any emergency

Stay informed:

  • Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
  • Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
  • Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about this warning on 1800 226 226 (freecall).
  • People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
  • For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
  • Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#survivetheheat) or Facebook

For more details click HERE

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