Council's Role in Managing Emergencies
As documented in the Local Government Act 1989 and the Emergency Management Act 2013, Councils play a critical role in Victoria's emergency management.
Councils have emergency management responsibilities because they are the closest level of government to their communities and have access to specialised local knowledge about the environmental and demographic features of their districts. People also naturally seek help from their local council and emergency management agencies during emergencies and the following recovery process.
There are four primary responsibilities for Council:
- Emergency Risk Management - A process which aims to reduce risks and/or their impacts within a community..
- Planning and Preparation – Maintaining a state of readiness through training, development of operations plans and building strong relationships with relevant agencies.
- Response - Supporting the emergency services that respond to the emergency event.
- Recovery - Coordinating the community's recovery from emergencies and assisting individuals to access services and support.
Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP)
Pyrenees Shire Council is required to develop and maintain a MEMP which outlines how the Council and its supporting agencies will meet the requirements of the four responsibilities listed above.
The Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) also has a number of sub-plans which outline additional detail and operating procedures for the more complex and high risk emergencies. A copy of the MEMP and its sub-plans can be viewed in the Documents section.