VKLM FIRE

 

The portal for public information to residents within the Victor Khanye Municipal area on safety

 

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  • This Website and all of its sub-pages are an independent run website with the pure intention of providing the community residing within the Victor Khanye Local Municipality vital information related to fire and life safety as well as preparation for adverse conditions that may impact all during a disaster or threatening disaster. In NO CIRCUMSTANCES is this page to be considered as an official page of the Victor Khanye Local Municipailty or representing this organization. To stop any allegations it is hereby registered that this site will remain independant and are 100% funded by the owner thereof.
  • The Victor Khanye Local Municipal website can be visited at www.vklm.gov.za or www.victorkhanyelm.gov.za
  • All weather related data is received or extracted with gratitude from the South African Weather Services (www.weathersa.co.za) with the exception of the UV Index which is obtained from Accuweather (www.accuweather.com). It may occur that the SAWS site is unavailable at the time of refreshing this page, on which instance the data from Ventusky (www.ventusky.com) are used for graphical representation and with comparison to the meteoblue or ECMWF data from the "Windy" website (www.windy.com) to provide the given data.
  • Warnings are issued by the South African Weather Services (SAWS) ONLY in the form of emails or message systems and those relevant to the Victor Khanye Municipal area is published under the "Weather Warnings" box on the main page for information and early warning purposes to the community.
  • Newsletters and most of the information related to snakes and snake safety are obtained from the African Snakebite Institute (ASI) (www.africansnakebiteinstitute.com) with gratitude to their continued research and inputs.
  • As per the DIsaster Management Regulations all South African based Websites should have information related to COVID-19 and a link to the official COVID-19 Website. This site have compliance to the regulations. There is a dedicated page with information and the published statistics, the link is on the home page, and key information is shared. For the official website please visit http://sacoronavirus.co.za

 

By notice from the Webmaster

The FDI from SAWS is Orange, the calculated FDI for today is 64

NO BURNING OPERATIONS ARE ALLOWED

 

Act immediately if fires are discovered!

 

 

NOTICES / INFORMATION

2020 FIRE PROHIBITIONS PUBLISHED

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Advisory

 

No advisories for today

 

  Hazard:     -

 

No Warning issued for today

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Snakes are a common occurence, especially in Spring and Summer, they are mostly encountered. Due to their special risks the information on common snakes in our area can be found here. Select button to the left

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Rainfall for the past 24-hours

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Go to the Newsflash page to get the info on participation.

You can reach the Webmaster at admin@vklmfire.co.za for any comments or requests.

 

Any enquiries on either the Delmas FPA or the Fire Department can be forwarded to enquiries@vklmfire.co.za or directly to the Chief Fire Officer at firechief@vklmfire.co.za

 

We would love to hear from you

 

 

 

The Fire Department emergency line

013 665 2939 have been restored and are available for community needing to contact the Fire Department for reporting emergencies.

 

 

All burning operations must be concluded by now. No permissions will be granted further

 

Please take note that the 2020 Fire Prohibition have been published and are in force until end October 2020. A copy of the prohibition is available in the library within the D-FPA sub page.

 

 

 

CLASSIFIACTION OF THE NATIONAL STATE OF DISASTER

 

The President announced a National State of Disaster in accordance with Section 23(1)(b) of the Disaster Management Act(57/2002). The State of Disaster Declaration have been extended to 15 September 2020

 

View the Declaration here

 

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

 

South Africa are in Lockdown Alert level 1 as from Monday 21 September 2020.

 

Visit the COVID-19 page by following the link above to see what the relaxations and restrictions would entail.

 

The National State of Disaster have been extended until 15 October 2020. (Refer to Government Gazette 43713 dated 14 Sept 2020 for details) {visit the COVID-19 page to download the Gazette}

 

 

Have a look under the NEWSFLASH page for the Seasonal Climate Watch media article from the SAWS under the media release section.

 

 

 

 

 

The maximum expected UV Index for today is  10 (Very High)

 

Spring is already showing its presence, the days are showing the comming of a very warm summer by its higher daytime temperatures. But this also means that the UV Index will also rise and the risk of exposure are becomming evident.

 

The UV Index is highest between 11:00 and 15:00 - Please take the necessary precautions when going out in the sun or having outside activities. Rehydrate frequently to avoid dehydration. DO NOT use alcohol as a way of hydration, Alcohol have an opposite effect and in fact contribute to dehydration.

 

Even if overcast conditions are presented, the risk of exposure to dangerous UV light is still there, the clouds only obstruct normal light and the other sun exposures, but UV can penetrate through the clouds and still cause exposure.

 

The UV Index is explained under the Activities page

 

Please also look at the newsflash page with regards to a short update on the long term weather expectations as well as anticipated effects from global warming on our area.

 

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PLEASE TAKE URGENT NOTE:

 

After a few recent incidents it is with great discomfort that the following are announced here:

 

The Provincial Ambulance Services are NOT part of the Fire Department or the Local Municipality since 1 April 1998. The Ambulance services are administered directly by the Department of Health on Provincial level and are based at the hospitals with a district call centre in Middelburg. All calls are dispatched through their call centre.

 

However, the Fire Department were trying to assist the community it serves in providing an access port to the Ambulance services. 

 

As a result of the continued aggressiveness and blame put towards the Fire Department Control room staff, the executive call was made that the Fire Department will no longer take Ambulance related calls. ALL community will be referred to the Ambulance dispatch centre to log their calls personally. The numbers for the Ambulance are on the Emergency numbers link at the top right of this page.

 

We are fully aware that when members of the community phone for an ambulance, it is usually under stressfull situations, but the aggressive and accusative attitudes will no longer be tolerated towards a function or responsibility that the Fire Department are not responsible, nor mandated by legislation to perform. We sincerely apologize for the closure but it is to protect those who only try and assist and have no control over the Ambulances, especially the Fire Department Control Room Operators.

 

Those having a problem with the innocent people trying to assist, please go to the Emergency Numbers page, and write down the Ambulance emergency numbers from there, and in future contact them directly. Stop verbally abusing those trying to assist in the presented stressfull conditions...

 

There is an old saying DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU.... YOU WILL GO HUNGRY.  

 

An appeal is made for support and participation from members within the VKLM municipal area to assist in providing rainfall data for the past four years as well as current data. The contact information can be found on the newsflash page (right side at rainfall data). the information is requested to create a more reliable and holistic representation of rainfall for the area as well as assist in research on this matter. Your help can contribute towards Disaster Management research.

Weather Forecast:

29 September 2020 

Tuesday

 

Summary Weather Forecast

 

General Forecast

Maximum Temperature:                    26

Minimum Humidity:                          25%

General wind Direction:                     Northerly

Expected wind speeds:                      Average of 18 Km/h or higher

                                                       Gusts of up to 48 Km/h in the afternoon

The day being:                                 Sunny

 

 

 

 

 

 

(It was brought to our attention that there are challenges with the municipal telephone systems, which includes the emergency numbers of the Fire Department, if you cannot reach the services on these lines, contact the Chief Fire Officer direct

on Cell 083 377 3532 until the challenges have

been resolved).

 

Some good news, the 013 665 2939 line is back in operation.

For description of warning or advisory, scroll down to bottom of this page...

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The library for documentation related to Fire Safety. This page will grow as documents become available and are published for user convenience

 

The Victor Khanye Fire Department,  Fire Brigade Services By-Laws have been promulgated on 27 March 2020.

 

The By-Laws have been published under Mpumalanga Provincial Gazette 3145 dated 27 March 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also visit the Fire Safety Library for relevant application forms as well as the Trading By-Law and Liquor Trading By-Law. Visit the Victor Khanye Local Municipality's webpage for other By-Laws as well

 

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Description: Flooding / Heavy Rain

Flooding occurs when water overflows its normal channels such as streams and storm water drains. It can occur with prolonged period of rain, with continuous heavy falls or in the form of flash floods which are usually associated with severe thunderstorms. Heavy rain may also result in river flooding causing damage downstream to areas that may receive no rainfall at all during the flooding event.

 

Precautions: Flooding / Heavy Rain

If possible stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. If trapped in flooding in a vehicle, abandon it and climb to higher ground. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building. In rural areas protect/relocate animals to a safe place on higher ground. Abandon your home immediately if evacuation is recommended, before access is cut off by flood water. NEVER drive on a road covered by water. You do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Be especially cautious at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers.

 

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Description: Severe Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are violent weather phenomena that can be very dangerous. Any thunderstorm can produce any combination of lightning, flash flooding, very strong winds, hail and in some cases tornadoes.

 

Precautions: Severe Thunderstorms

If outdoors seek shelter immediately but DO NOT seek shelter, under a tree, under telephone and/or power lines, on hilltops, in isolated sheds, under unprotected gazebo’s or picnic shelters.

 

Avoid being near metal objects such as: - fences, golf carts, telephone or power lines and steel structures such as pylons and windmills. Do not: - hold any metal object, use any electrical appliance, use the telephone, take a bath or shower. Do not play sport during thunderstorms. Golfers and fishermen are at high risk.

 

If possible stay indoors well clear of windows shelter pets and cover vehicles, disconnect electrical appliances.

 

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Description: Extremely High Temperatures

When temperature and the humidity is high at the same time or when the temperature exceeds a certain threshold, human’s ability to cool their bodies through sweating is reduced. This can be a real threat that leads to hyperthermia.

 

Precautions: Extremely High Temperatures

Stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible. The old and infirm must take extra care to stay hydrated and cool. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, playing excessive sport and hard labour. Dress in light weight clothes and drink plenty of liquids NOT alcohol.


 Listen to the radio or TV or Community information media groups for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

 

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Description: Extremely High Fire Danger
When conditions deteriorate to an extend where the Fire Danger Index calculates above 75 (Very High {RED}), the possibiilty of a fire outbreak becomes dangerous and the possibility of runaway grass fires are almost certian. With the dry conditions, high wind and high ambient temperatures most of the conditions are met for a fire to ignite easily. as the fire grows, so does the increasing ambient temperatures and subsequently the fire grows exponentially.

Precautions: Extremely High Fire Danger
Do not start any fires in the outdoor. Do not leave any fire unattended, including fires made in areas intended for food preparatio. Land owners must be vigilant in controlling processes that may ignite a fire or cause a fire. Have fire fighting equipment at the ready and keep an eye for signs of a fire. Act fast to ensure the fire is controlled and extinguished in the shortest, safest possible time. Do not leave your property unattended, if you have to go out, make sure someone keeps an eye on your property.

 

WEATHER WATCH, ADVISORY OR WARNING INFORMATION EXPLANATIONS

TODAY'S WEATHER 

 

 

Click HERE to go to the SAWS Website

 

 

With gratitude from the South African Weather Services for VKLM area

Save the following somewhere to be reached quickly:

 

Inform the Victor Khanye Disaster Management at

013 665 2939 or 083 377 3532 of any incidents that may occur due to adverse weather. Please indicate area affected, contact details for refrence, the type of incident and if any specific dangers exist.

Due to a frequent unavailability of the SAWS detailed forecast, the forecast will no longer be presented here.

 

We will provide only an overview on maximums and minimums.