An emergency can strike Victoria at any time and without any warning.
Additionally, climate change is increasing the intensity, severity, duration and frequency of extreme weather events.
An emergency is an incident or event that threatens the health, safety or wellbeing of an individual and community. An emergency may also impact someone by threatening, damaging, or destroying property, or by disrupting essential services such as electricity.
Victorians may experience a range of emergencies and their impacts. These include, but are not limited to:
- floods, storms, bushfires and grassfires
- building or industrial fires
- explosions and accidents
- extreme heat and heatwaves
- epidemics or pandemics
- the contamination of food or water supply, and
- disruption to essential services such as electricity, gas or telecommunications networks
Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-made disasters.
Please find below how Council prepares for emergencies through its Municipal Emergency Management Plan and what actions you can implement in your planning to protect yourself, your family and the community from a disaster.