If at least one agency in the Victorian Government wasn’t too flash at helping Victorians when the fire was raging, some true believers in there are making amends, using an embeddable panel, complete with a Google Map to notify the public of Bushfire Events as per below. The original page on which the map appears is here. And the code which you can use to put on your own blog is this.
<<iframe src="http://vicbushfireevents.appspot.com/" title="Events" border="1" align="left" frameborder="0" height="900" scrolling="no" width="950"></iframe>> [Remove the first and last < and > sign. I had to put them there to get the thing to actually display the code rather than the item embedded below.]