An emergency is a sudden unforeseen crisis that requires immediate action (usually involving danger). It is important to understand local risks, to prepare and think ahead to help household members cope and recover if an emergency was to occur.
Emergency management is the process of preparing for, reducing the risk of, responding to and recovering from an emergency.
Impact of an Emergency on Communities
Emergencies can cause short or long term disruptions to people’s lives:
- Affecting their health
- Damaging their home
- Upsetting the household routine
- Imposing an unforeseen financial burden
From: Red Cross - Emergency REDiplan
Sharing the Responsibility in an Emergency
There are a number of organisations that have a responsibility for managing emergencies ranging from the emergency services, state government departments through to local Councils.
Council's emergency management responsibilities include; Emergency Risk Management, Planning and Preparation, Response and Recovery.
Households also have a shared responsibility to be prepared for and respond safely to emergencies. The emergency services may be prioritised where the threat is greatest and unable to attend each property.
Building Community Resilience
Check out the Pyrenees Community Emergency Planning Toolbox for advice and resources on how to better prepare for an emergency. It includes practical tools to help your household and local community be more prepared and build local connections in case of an emergency - key ingredients to building more resilient communities.
The tools are the product of a community-led emergency readiness program for small communities across the Pyrenees Shire, funded by Regional Development Victoria's Resilient Community Program.
The following pages provide direction on the role Council plays in managing emergencies in the municipality and the strategies that can be used by households and their communities before, during and after an emergency event.
Key links and information are also provided to assist the community in preparing for and dealing with an emergency. Specific information related to an actual emergency will be added to the "During Emergency" and "After Emergency" sections when an incident occurs.
For more information visit the following pages: