Managing Fire Risk at St Brendan's
St Brendan's is a GARR school, that means we are listed on the 'Grassfire at Risk Register'.
The way schools in Victoria respond to bushfires is being constantly revised. Fire danger ratings and warnings are used in Victoria to provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life.
School Procedures for the Fire Season
Schools identified as being at highest grassfire risk have been included on the Grassfire-At Risk Register (GARR) and will be closed on days determined by fire authorities to be Code Red. Our school has been identified as a school at highest grassfire risk and is listed on the GARR.
Where possible, we will provide parents with up to three days’ notice of a planned closure following the issue of a Code Red warning by the CFA. We will contact you directly by email or letter sent home with your child and SMS message with advice on planned closures and will confirm the decision to close by 12 noon the day before the planned closure.
Once confirmed, the decision to close will not change, regardless of improvements in the weather forecast. This is to avoid confusion and help your family plan alternative care arrangements for your child.
For those of us living in a bushfire or grassfire-prone area, the safest option when a Code Red day is declared may be to leave the night before, or early in the morning of the Code Red day.
On non-Code Red days in the event of grassfire or elevated risk, St Brendan’s will maintain a heightened state of readiness and continuously monitor the situational grassfire risk by ensuring open lines of communication with local emergency services. The school will be prepared and on standby to enact the EMP (Emergency Management Plan) by relocating students and staff to a nominated ‘shelter-in-place’ within the school or at the Beeac (Park) Neighbourhood Safer Place on the corner of Main & Wallace Street Beeac 3251, if it is deemed necessary that we evacuate the school grounds.
What can parents & families do?
For up-to-date information on this year’s fire season and Bushfire Survival Planning, visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the 24-hour Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.