Assessing the Impact of Emergencies

Municipal Secondary Impact Assessment is the process for determining the impact of an emergency on the affected community.

This assessment is conducted primarily after the emergency when it is safe enough for trained personnel to enter the impacted area.

A detailed assessment of the damage to the impacted area is essential so that the Municipal Recovery Team can:
•Determine what needs to occur to ensure safety to life and property.
•Identify what recovery requirements are needed.
•Provide advice to relevant government departments, agencies and the community.
•Effectively commence their planning for the recovery operation.

Who conducts this assessment?

The following organisations, as designated in the Emergency Management Manual of Victoria, are responsible for conducting relevant assessment work in the following areas:

  • Local Government Authority (LGA) - Where the impact is within an urban, rural living or Industrial area and on Council property.
  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) – Where the impact is upon rural and farming enterprises.
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) – Public land and water catchments.