CFA – LOCAL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN (LEAP) – Dec. 2010

TO BE DELIVERED TO EVERY HOME IN THE BOOLARRA DISTRICT

We all need a “Local Emergency Action Plan” so I’m on
my way to the LEAP meeting – Which way to the
Memorial Hall??
Photo courtesy of Simon Pickett

The Boolarra LOCAL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN (LEAP) was launched at a special meeting held at the Boolarra Memorial Hall on Sunday 28th November 2010.

The BOOLARRA LEAP is designed to assist local residents to PREPARE FOR and RESPOND TO, A LOCAL EMERGENCY. It also gives guidance for locals to MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT LEAVING THEIR PROPERTY and if they choose to do so, when they should go, where they may go too, what they should take and whom they should tell.

Every household in our area will be provided with a copy of the ACTION PLAN and the INFORMATION KIT. These will be distributed by nominated “Street Captains” in the near future.

The three-page ACTION PLAN highlights how you can prepare on an ongoing basis for an emergency, what to do in a developing emergency and what to do if you plan to leave. This ACTION PLAN is designed to be hung in a prominent position in your home so it is easily accessible.

The INFORMATION KIT is more comprehensive, contains more information and provides advice on where to get further information related to emergencies. The post-Royal Commission CFA – FIRE READY BOOKLET and the SES EMERGENCY GUIDANCE BOOKLET is also contained in the LEAP KIT together with a host of emergency related phone numbers and web sites.

The performing group MOARTZ performed a very humorous skit entitled “LEAP the LESSON” which was written and performed free of charge to assist with the launch.

PLEASE REMEMBER – THE LEAP IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR PERSONAL SURVIVAL PLAN BUT CAN SIGNIFICANTLY SUPPLEMENT IT.

Also at the meeting, which was attended by approximately 125 local concerned residents, John Henshaw – Community Safety Presenter from the CFA spoke about the formation of “Community Fire Guard Groups” in our area. The basic concept is for neighbours to form a “Fire Guard Group” and assist each other in an emergency. Several groups of people have already indicated that they wish to form a “Fire Guard Group” in their area. John can be contacted on 0417 041 145.

Mr Lance King (LaTrobe City) spoke about Boolarra’s designated “NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFER PLACE” which is the Boolarra Memorial Hall. To gain a full understanding of what is (or is not), on offer at our “SAFER PLACE”, residents are urged to read the sign attached to the side entrance of the hall. This is a last resort evacuation point as very little is on offer and no guarantees from Latrobe City are given. Read the sign and you will understand what I mean.

The parents of the Boolarra Primary School should be congratulated for the lavish afternoon tea they provided for everyone at the conclusion of the proceedings.

Dave O’Brien