18 October, 2023
Prepare for fire season
AGRICULTURE Victoria’s new Fire Preparedness Toolkit is designed to assist farmers and land managers to prepare their farm for the fire season.
Agriculture Victoria’s Kylie Macreadie said the toolkit contains checklists and templates to help farmers prepare their farm business, livestock, staff, and infrastructure ahead of the season.
“The checklists and templates published in the toolkit were developed with input from farmers,” Ms Macreadie said.
“Learning from the experiences of farmers that have been impacted by fire, we have identified key things that make it harder to recover after a very traumatic bushfire experience.
“For example, having a documented farm asset inventory can greatly assist in assessing loss and damage in the aftermath of a fire.
“Similarly, ensuring your farm documents are securely stored (on the cloud or off-farm) and on-hand, will help ease the pressure when it comes to seeking financial support or making insurance claims.”
Farm Fire Preparedness free webinar will step through the newly available toolkit and will be held next Thursday, October 19.
Topics will include farm asset inventories, fire preparedness checklists and action plan, saving farm documents to the ‘cloud’ or off-farm and updating PIC and NLIS data.
The Fire Preparedness Toolkit and other bushfire resources are available on the Agriculture Victoria website and should be used in conjunction with existing information and resources from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and your local council.
Register for the Zoom webinar by clicking https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81060024131.
More information about the webinar is available on the Agriculture Victoria website at agriculture.vic.gov.au/events.