The role of Councils in an emergency varies depending on the type, size and impact of the emergency.
COUNCIL’S ROLE IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Mitchell Shire Council has a legislated role in emergency management. We work closely with emergency services and community organisations to assist our community during the response and recovery phases to an emergency event.
To help plan for emergencies, we have a Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) with representatives from various response, relief and recovery agencies and organisations. The committee prepares the Municipal Emergency Management Plan which contains information about identified potential emergency risks and hazards within the municipality.
BEFORE AN EMERGENCY
during an EMERGENCY
Council will provide a range of support in response to requests by VicEmergency and relevant emergency response agencies.
We may also operate an Emergency Relief Centre to provide immediate support to people who cannot return to their homes during the emergency. This may include food, shelter and registration. It may also be a community meeting place and there will usually be other support agencies at the centre. Emergency Relief Centres are opened in safe locations after all details of the specific emergency situation are known. This will often be some distance away from the emergency and may also operate for people from neighbouring municipalities.
AFTER AN EMERGENCY