Alert signs installed in the Dandenong Ranges
Residential property dwellers in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges' region are set to benefit from a new government initiative to boost emergency safety in the area.
Announcing the scheme yesterday (January 10), state acting premier and minister for police and emergency services Peter Ryan said 28 community sirens have been installed in 23 towns - alerting locals in the event of a life-threatening event.
"The upgrade and launch of community alerting sirens is a significant milestone, and residents in the Dandenong Ranges are the first to benefit," Mr Ryan said.
"Our emergency services now have another way to alert the local community to impending danger – whether it's a fire, significant flood or a chemical spill."
The sirens, which will complement existing warning systems in the area, can be both manually and remotely activated.
Mr Ryan went on to say that when a siren sounds, it does not mean that people need to evacuate, but rather that there is a significant danger present and the community should seek further information.
The Dandenong Ranges' sirens are part of a statewide pilot program that will assess the effectiveness of alarms in practice.