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Collated information for communities relating to bushfires, including what to do during a bushfire as well as what happens afterwards.

Significant bushfires are burning across Victoria and impacting communities across the state. In the event of bushfires, the information below contains critical information to help you prepare, keep you safe as well as information for after the fires have passed.

The Health.vic website has a number of bushfire factsheets for communities, some of which are listed below in addition to the other links.

Before a bushfire

During a bushfire

Safety and clean up after a bushfire

Financial assistance

  • Emergency financial assistance - Emergency financial assistance is available to eligible fire-affected community members in Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Indigo, Mansfield, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, South Gippsland, Southern Grampians, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga council areas. More information available via the VicEmergency website.

After the Emergency pack

Emergencies put a lot of additional stress on close relationships and families as they struggle to deal with the aftermath. Our After the Emergency pack provides helpful information about financial assistance and your health and wellbeing.

Mental health and recovery after a bushfire

Where to get help

Information about fires and air quality

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Reviewed on: 12-02-2020