Preparing your business for bushfire
You may think that a bush or grassfire will never affect your business and we hope you are right. However, the fact is, Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world and bushfires occur every summer.
If a bushfire starts near your business, you and your employees may be under pressure to ensure the safety of yourselves and others.
A written plan may save lives by helping you to stay focused and respond in the best possible way when under pressure. Preparation may also help to minimise the loss of profits and get a business back up and running more quickly after the threat of fire has passed.
Tourism Victoria and CFA have developed the Tourism Business Fire Ready Kit to assist businesses prepare for fire.
It will help you understand your risks, prepare your business and employees, plan how to inform customers, identify their triggers to act and write a plan.
For further bushfire planning information or support, visit cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.
Free resources designed to inform visitors about fire risk are available to order. Choose from brochures, key tags and Fire Danger Rating displays.
Community Information Guides, which provide local information that will help people plan what to do on high risk days or if a fire starts, are also available for a number of tourism destinations.
Preparing for bushfires - Countrywide Cottages(Great Ocean Road)
Di Schulze explains what steps she has taken to prepare her business for bushfires.
Preparing for bushfires - DULC (Grampians)
Pru Farrer talks about her experience during the 2006 bushfires and what contingency plans she has in place to help protect her business.
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Last Updated 18th December 2013