An emergency is "due to the actual or imminent occurrence of an event which in any way endangers or threatens to endanger the safety or health of any person or which destroys or damages, or threatens to destroy or damage, any property or endangers or threatens to endanger the environment."
Council and ratepayers have a shared responsibility before, during and after 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.

For more information on emergencies in Victoria visit:

Emergency Management Victoria

Link to Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) 2020