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Our Role

We work closely with Victoria State Emergency Service, Victoria Police, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop plans to prevent and help the community during an emergency and to recover afterwards.

Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMPlan)

Emergencies can affect any community at any time causing injury, death, and property and environment damage. To cope with such events we have worked closely with Victoria State Emergency Service, Victoria Police, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority, Department of Health and Human Services and others to develop our MEMPlan. The Emergency Management Act 1986 requires us to establish a Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) whose task it is to develop a Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMPlan) for the community. Our MEMPlan outlines how we will prevent, respond to and recover from emergencies within the municipality.

Our Municipal Emergency Management Plan has been revised and is dated November 2014 (Amendment No. 18).

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs)

NSP's are not community fire refuges or emergency relief centres. NSP's are places of last resort during the passage of a bushfire, and are intended to be used by persons whose primary bushfire plans have failed. NSP's are places of relative safety only. They do not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. Furthermore they may be serious risks to safety encountered in travelling, and seeking access to NSP's during bushfire events. Depending on the direction of a particular fire, it may not be a safer place to assemble than other places within the municipal district.

Banyule have not nominated any NSPs within our municipality, we do however have a Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan (MNSPP).

BEFORE - Get ready

What does council do to prevent and prepare for an emergency?

  • Prepare and review the MEMPlan, the Municipal Fire Prevention Plan and all associated sub-plans including the Recovery sub plan, Public Health Emergency Management sub plan, Heatwave sub plan and the Pandemic sub plan and guidelines.
  • Preparation of a Municipal Neighbourhood Safe Places Plan.
  • Inspect private property for fire prevention.
  • Fire preparation in council reserves.
  • Community education.

DURING - Act

What does council do in an emergency?

Depending on the nature of the emergency we may:

  • Provide assistance during response and recovery (eg road clearing, animal services, tree clearing etc).
  • If there is a major emergency in Banyule or surrounding areas we may open a relief centre in a council building or public hall. There will be a range of services to help people affected by the emergency. This may include first aid, shelter, water and food.  Also assistance basic material needs, accommodation, support services and access to grants and financial aid.
  • Activate the Municipal Emergency Control Centre (MECC) - The MECC provides logistical support to all agencies responding to the emergency. Depending on the emergency, the MECC may operate 24 hours day and a representative from each agency involved will be in attendance (eg Police, Fire Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Australian Red Cross etc).

AFTER - Recover

What does council do once the emergency is over?

Depending on the nature of the emergency we may:

  • Facilitate the clean-up and reinstatement of council assets and infrastructure.
  • If required, facilitate the establishment of Community Recovery Committee(s) and the Municipal Recovery Planning Group.
  • Provide advice and referral of effected residents to community service organisations.
  • Provide ongoing recovery activities in conjunction with other government agencies.

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