New Municipal Emergency Management Plan Adopted

Published on 16 June 2017

Media Release

Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted the newly revised Municipal Emergency Management Plan 2017-2020 (MEMP) at this week’s meeting.

The MEMP was developed by the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) which includes agencies and organisations such as the Country Fire Authority, Victoria Police, Forest Fire Management Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services, VicRoads, Red Cross, VicSES, Melbourne Water, AusNet Services, Gippsland Water and the Victorian Farmers Federation.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said the new MEMP outlines the emergency management arrangements for the municipality, ensuring all arrangements are contemporary, in accordance with state and regional arrangements and localised for our Baw Baw community.

“The safety of our municipality is always our top priority, and this revised plan will better help us build resilience and preparedness for any climate and environmental impacts that we may face in the future,” said the Mayor.

“The previous 2015 version was rewritten to include additional information on Vulnerable Persons and Facilities and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community information.

“These additions, along with other improvements, will ensure the plan covers all people, groups, property and other aspects of our Shire, and adheres to requirements set out by the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.

“The plan also covers off all contemporary relief and recovery arrangements developed in consultation with the Municipal Relief and Recovery Planning sub-Committee, Department of Health and Human Services and South Gippsland Shire Council, allowing us to dis-endorse the 2013 Municipal Relief and Recovery Sub-Plan.

“As a statutory requirement, an audit on the plan is carried out every three years. The newly adopted plan was audited on 25 May 2017 and is currently awaiting the final report and Certificate of Audit.

“Once the audit process is finalised, the new plan will be available for the community to access via Councils website.

The Mayor is also encouraging residents to create and constantly review their own individual emergency plans.

“Council urges residents to have their own emergency plans, to practice these plans and ensure that they keep well-informed of local conditions that may impact on their safety.

“These emergency plans should be broader than bushfires; they should take into account floods and other disasters that could pose a threat to safety”, said the Mayor.

For more information on preparing your own emergency plan, visit the RediPlan guidelines developed by Red Cross Australia at http://www.redcross.org.au/prepare.aspx