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Gisborne Montessori School & Code Red Days.

Gisborne Montessori School is on the Bushfire at Risk Register. This means that on Code RED Days Gisborne Montessori School will be closed.

  • Staff will not be in attendance and buses will not transport students to school.
  • Buses that operate out in the local area for the primary schools will also not operate.

Where possible there will be 3 days’ notice of a Code Red Day, however it may also be confirmed at 12 noon the day prior. Once a decision has been made, it will not change regardless of changes in the weather.

We strongly advise families to have contingency plans for the safe supervision of their children on these days.

How the CFA warn the community

  1. Incidents starts

    Incidents can be fires, chemical spills, motor vehicle accidents or rescues.

  2. Crews arrive

    Emergency services arrive and begin taking action

  3. Information sent to Incident Management Team

    Emergency Services at the scene send information to the team who control the incident.

  4. Incident Controller decides to issue the warning

    The person who manages an incident decides what type of warning should be used to alert the affected community.

  5. CFA/DSE create and send warning

    CFA/DSE create and sent the warning to the community

How you may receive warnings:

  • Check the CFA website
  • Follow CFA on Twitter and Facebook
  • Sign up to receive warnings via RSS feeds
  • Through a local CFA/DSE Community liaison
  • Call the Victorian bushfire Line on 1800 240 667
  • Listen to local emergency radio stations or watch Sky News

In extreme circumstances:

  • You may receive a phone call to your landline phone
  • You may receive an SMS to your mobile.

About CFA warnings

Where to find warnings

In extreme circumstances, telephone warnings might be sent to your landline or mobile phone using the Emergency Alert system.

Do not rely on an official warning to leave. Bushfires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes.

Understanding warnings

When bushfire warnings are issued you need to understand what each one means. There are three levels, each increasing in importance.

  • Advice

    • General information to keep you up-to-date with developments.

  • Watch and Act

    • An emergency threatens you.
    • Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect your health, life and your family.

  • Emergency Warning

    • You are in imminent danger and need to take action immediately.
    • You will be impacted by the emergency.


    • Emergency activity in the area has subsided and is no longer a danger to you

- See more at: About Warnings