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Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry to assist with fire response


VCC Emergencies Ministry program is responding to the current fire situation in the Grampians Region beginning today at the request of the Department of Human Services.  Currently Emergency Relief Centres are open in Stawell and Horsham.
The VCC Emergencies Ministry has activated its Incident Coordination Centre at the Causeway Lane offices in Melbourne.  Our operations team are currently establishing rosters to support affected individuals and communities for the coming days.

The fire in the Grampians National Park is currently at 11,000 hectares and growing.  This morning an emergency evacuation alert has been established for the towns of Pomonal, Bellfield, Lake Fyans, Halls Gap, Lake Lonsdale, Dadswells Bridge.

The temperatures are expected to reach into the high 40′s, with a south westerly wind change coming through mid-afternoon.  This will change the direction and intensity of the fire, impacting on the communities listed above.  There are also concerns for the Kangaroo Ground fire which may break containment lines this afternoon and VCC are on standby for this.

It is expected that VCC will be involved in this campaign for many days and maybe months.

•    The VCC is the State Government authorised body to coordinate faith community support to affected persons.
•    The VCC may engage local churches to support in the provision of accommodation (in the form of billeting volunteers).  Please support his action.
•    Please remember all those affected by these emergencies and the VCC Emergencies Ministry in their prayers during Sunday services.
•    If you would like to support the response of the VCC Emergencies Ministry program financially,  donation details can be found at www.vccem.org.au

Rev Stuart Stuart, E M State Manager
Rev Ian Smith, Executive Officer