Yea Community Action Network
The Yea Community Action Network (YeaCAN) is a new initiative of the Yea Community House.
YeaCAN is intended to assist the Yea, Flowerdale and Strath Creek communities in being prepared for emergencies and natural disasters by creating a network, independent of emergency services, that can be activated in times of crisis to connect community members in need of assistance with individuals who can provide appropriate help.
We will be gradually rolling out the project over early 2024, so please join our Facebook group for information about workshops, public meetings, etc.
How will YeaCAN work?
Local households and businesses will be able to register with YeaCAN in advance, indicating the kinds of assistance they may require, or be able to offer, in the event of an emergency. For example, you might want to register that you have a horse float you could provide to someone who needs to move their horses in the event of a flood, or you might want to let us know that you have no transport and may need assistance if required to evacuate.
The Network will only be activated in the following circumstances:
- when the fire danger for the North Central area is Extreme or Catastrophic;
- when a Watch and Act alert has been issued by VicEmergency; or
- when an Extreme Weather Warning affecting Yea, Strath Creek, Flowerdale or surrounding areas is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Once YeaCAN is activated, our phones will be monitored and anyone requiring assistance, whether they have pre-registered with us or not, can call to request help. We will endeavour to match the person requiring help to someone on our database who is nearby and has indicated they may be able to assist with the specific help requested. For example, someone needing a tree removed from their driveway would be matched with someone who has registered that they have a chainsaw. We will also be proactive in reaching out to people who have indicated that they may be able to help with preparing for emergency events, e.g. filling sandbags.
Image from Victorian SES - ses.vic.gov.au
While it's not possible to anticipate every emergency, there are important steps you can take to make sure that you, your loved ones, and your home are as ready as you can be for natural disasters such as bushfires and floods.
Below are some helpful resources, both for preparing for emergencies and for staying informed when disasters happen.
For current warnings - VicEmergency - Ph. 1800 226 226
Bureau of Meteorology -BoM - Ph.1300 659 217
Road closures - VicRoads Traffic
Emergency updates - ABC Emergency
Fire Danger Ratings - CFA
Local information including relief centre locations - Murrindindi Shire Council
ABC 774 AM - Listen online
UGFM - Listen online
Yea 88.9 FM
Flowerdale 98.9 FM
Marysville 98.5 FM
Alexandra 106.9 FM
Preparing for Flood Emergencies - ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready
Creating an Emergency Plan - redcross.org.au/prepare
Catchment Management Authority - gbcma.vic.gov.au Ph. (03) 5822 7700
Image from Yea CFA Facebook page
This page is under development
YeaCAN has been made possible by a very generous grant from the National Australia Bank Foundation. We are very grateful for their support.