Our Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee takes an ‘all hazards’, all agencies approach when planning prevention and mitigation activities that reduces risks or minimises the effects of emergencies that may occur within the Wellington Shire area.
The Emergency Management Act 1986 and the Local Government Act 1989 outline the important role of Councils within Victoria's Emergency Management Arrangements.
We aim to:
- Assist communities to plan for incidents, before they happen
- Support response agencies during an incident
- Support communities and other agencies after an incident, in the recovery phase
This information provides guidance on the role Council plays in Emergency Management and the strategies that can be used during and after emergency events.
Municipal Emergency Management Plan
Every municipality is required to develop and maintain a Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) under S20 (1) of the Emergency Management Act 1986.
To assist in minimising the effects of an emergency, the MEMP:
- Outlines the emergency management arrangements
- Addresses all phases of emergency management (Prepare, Prevent, Respond, Recover)
What Does Council do in an Emergency?
Depending on the nature of the emergency we will:
- Activate the Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC) at the request of the Municipal Emergency Response Coordinator (VicPol representative). The MECC brings together key agencies, to coordinate the provision of resources during an emergency for the response and recovery effort
- Open and operate Emergency Relief Centres
- Coordinate repair and restoration activities of the shire and community assets
- Coordinate and assist with ongoing recovery activities