Hazards exist within all communities, whether they are recognised or not. Planning for these hazards enables communities to be prepared and cope better when an incident occurs.
We are faced with a range of emergencies within the shire such as fires, floods and car accidents. We are also confronted with further potential for emergencies such as aircraft and rail accidents. The potential for these hazards will also exist within our community.
Personal Emergency Planning
Every household should have an emergency plan. You can easily develop your own emergency plan.
- Prepare an emergency kit, keep it safe and accessible including essential items such as: a battery operated radio, torch, batteries, fresh drinking water, canned food and utensils, medications and toiletries, special needs items for babies or elderly, blankets, money and a first aid kit
- Store important documents and memorabilia such as photo albums, wills, birth certificates, insurance papers etc. in a safe place so they cannot be destroyed or misplaced
- Ensure you know how to have your power, gas and water supplies turned off if you need to evacuate
- Make sure someone knows what your plan is in the event of an emergency
Community Emergency Planning
Evidence from previous emergencies has shown that communities who plan and manage their own needs before, during and after an emergency recover more quickly and suffer less long term effects.
We have developed the Community Emergency Planning Guide (511KB), to support local communities who want to take an active role in planning for, responding to, and recovering from significant emergencies which have the potential to impact on their community.
Neighbourhood Safer Places - Places of Last Resort (NSP-PLR)
A Neighbourhood Safer Place is a place of last resort for people during a bushfire. It should be part of your contingency plan and utilised only when your Bushfire Survival Plan cannot be implemented or has failed. See our Fire page for further information.
Volunteers in Emergencies
To volunteer during emergencies, you should register with an approved volunteer organisation. Further information is available at www.volunteer.com.au