Jewish Emergency Management Plan (JEMP) coordinates the Jewish community's resources in the event of a major emergency affecting the Victorian Jewish community. It runs an emergency information hotline on 1800 18 18 16 during a major emergency specifically affecting the Jewish community. A storm is not an example of such an emergency but as part of its charter, JEMP was established to assist the Jewish community in preparedness for a major emergency. It is in this capacity that we bring the information below to your attention.
The following advice should be applied to communal organisations as well as individual homes. Shule and schools are asked to be mindful of people being outside during a storm and particularly not to allow children to play near trees during strong winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for tomorrow Tuesday 3rd March 2009
Storm Action Guide - Please print this out today
BEFORE THE STORM
- Trim tree branches well clear of your house.
- Have a portable radio and torch with fresh batteries.
- Ensure that you have a phone that does not require mains electricity. Typically, cordless phones require mains supply.
- Have a first aid kit (and basic knowledge).
- List your emergency contact numbers.
- Clear yard of loose objects.
- Clean and check roof, guttering and downpipes.
- Familiarise your family with this storm action guide.
- Have masking tape (for glass), plastic sheeting and large garbage bags (for emergency rain protection).
- Listen to local radio for information. ABC 774 is the nominated emergency services radio station.
- Shelter and secure pets and animals.
- Shelter vehicles or cover with tarpaulin/blankets.
- Disconnect all electrical appliances.
- Tape (cross fashion 'x') or cover large windows.
- Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, in the strongest part of the house (bathroom, cellar).
- If necessary, cover yourself with a mattress, blanket, doona or tarpaulin, under a table etc.
- Listen to your portable radio for storm updates.
- If outdoors find emergency shelter (not under a tree).
- If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines or streams.
- Avoid using the telephone during the storm.
- Check your house for damage.
- Listen to local radio for official warnings/advice.
- If you need emergency assistance, ring 000 and, if necessary, ring Hatzolah emergency line on 9527 5111.
- If you don't need help, check your neighbours.
- Beware of fallen power lines, damaged buildings and trees and flooded watercourses.
- Don't go sight seeing, stay home and help others.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Who and when to call)
Here is a contact list of services to call for assistance after a severe storm. Enter phone numbers now, don't wait until a storm strikes. Look in your local directory on the page for 'all other emergencies' (referred to on inside cover), or in the state government, or general pages. Note 24hr emergency numbers if listed. Avoid using the phone during storms (lightning danger).
STATE/TERRITORY EMERGENCY SERVICE
- Call your nearest SES unit on 132 500 for emergency assistance with house damage, and/or advice about temporary accommodation, food and clothing.
- Call your local office for power failure, fallen power lines, or other electrical problems.
- Call you nearest depot if your household water supply is damaged or interrupted. South East water: 139 2837
- Call your local office for gas emergencies.
- Call immediately, to arrange approved tradespeople to repair your home. This is your responsibility.
- If unable to contact emergency services by phone:
- Listen to the radio for official warnings or advice.
- Form a self-help group with family and neighbours.
- Watch for emergency services crews who will be checking your area as soon as possible.
Information based on that supplied by Emergency Management Australia.