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Code Red-Big Business in Upper Beac

  • From left to right: Mark Sage (Sage Accounting), Jane Southgate (FCA Finance), Mandy McArdle (Chemist), Narelle Bentleybell & Janye John (Conveyancing), Kate Hutson (Thrifty Link General Store), Sally (Tradies and Ladies), Pramod Patel (Foodworks), Micha

By: Karen Van den Akker

Category: Community Safety

  3.25 PM 7 February, 2014

Location: District 8 News

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On Thursday 6February Upper Beaconsfield’s local businesses were visited by Cardinia BASOs Lisa Hicks and Karen Van Den Akker.

Timing could not have been better with the lead-up to a weekend of significant fire danger. Their aim was to talk to business owners and employees and determine whether or not they had considered what their business would do on a declared Code Red Day.

“As a team, we knew a lot of our engagement focus was with residents and until now we had not made a conscious effort to engage small businesses in high fire risk townships” said Lisa Hicks. We asked the question that is asked of the community itself ‘will you stay or go?’ CFA have encouraged the community to plan ahead and leave early or even the night before a Code Red Day, we now have the support of the businesses in Upper Beaconsfield to reinforce this messaging.

It was extremely pleasing to hear the responses from those in Upper Beaconsfield. Many businesses had already had this discussion with their staff and had absolutely no hesitation in ‘shutting up shop’ for a day. Business were encouraged to make a decision about closing on Code Red days and given flyers and posters that would help communicate with their customers.

“The businesses loved the red leave early kit bags we gave them which included information to help them with their planning. This project prompted great conversation and we got a great sense of what a close knit community Upper Beaconsfield is”, Karen said.   

Lisa and Karen would like to thank the Upper Beaconsfield small businesses for their support in reinforcing CFA’s messages of leaving early.

Cockatoo and Gembrook were two other high-risk areas that were visited with some success. We hope that all will take Upper Beaconsfield’s lead and not be there on Code Red days.

Last Updated: 10 February 2014