Strathbogie Shire Council

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New emergency management program at Council

Tuesday, 4 July, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council, like the rest of Australia, faces a number of challenges such as extreme weather events, with residents expecting more frequent natural disasters.

Council has joined forces with all emergency services, including the Country Fire Authority, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and State Emergency Services, with an all-hazards approach to community-based emergency management.

This project starts at the grass roots and helps communities build resilience in the face of emergencies by understanding their own risk and preparing for emergencies before, during and after.

Changes to Strathbogie Shire’s emergency management include:

  •  A better process in how the Shire assists emergency services in incident response
  •  Employing a full time Emergency Management Officer to coordinate Council’s emergency management response.
  •  A shift in the transition of management of fire plugs throughout the municipalities, with Goulburn Murray Water now responsible for regular maintenance.
  •  A community responsibility for weeds and dirt that cover fire plugs.
  •  The establishment of a Council-run Emergency Management Team (EMT), who will rotate the role of Municipal Emergency Management Officers and are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This also includes two Recovery Officers and a Deputy Emergency Management Officer.
  •  In the event of an emergency situation, the EMT will assist the community in emergency management relief by establishing Relief Centres throughout the Shire

Strathbogie Shire Municipal Emergency Manager Ken Ross said while all of the above is effective as of 1 July, 2017, residents must remember that if there is any threat to life or property, they must call 000 in the first instance.

"The relevant emergency services will then liaise with Council’s EMT who will assist affected residents further," he said.

"The EMT will soon conduct some scenario training with staff as part of Council’s Business Continuity Plan."

For more information on Council’s Emergency Management process, contact Ken Ross on 1800 065 993.

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