Preparing for an emergency

Preparing for an emergency is everyone's responsibility. It is our role to work with emergency service organisations to ensure the safety of our community.

View our Municipal Emergency Management Plan

We work with emergency organisations to develop programs that increase the readiness and preparedness of our communities to manage and recover from emergencies.

A prepared community is a safer community.

Watch our video series on emergergency planning

You can run your own local emergency preparedness program through your local schools, sporting clubs, interest groups or religious groups. This allows you to practice what you and your community will do in emergency situations, such as:

  • What does the community do when the power goes off? Or the water?
  • What is in an emergency kit? Check the contents and know how to use it.
  • Discuss what emergency messages mean, how we communicate with our children in an emergency and the role of social media.

Watch our Preparing yourself and your family for emergencies video to make sure you and your family can cope when an emergency occurs.

The Red Cross, CFA, and SES all publish emergency planning guides for families. These are available to download and work through with your family.

It is vital that you ensure your plans include arrangements for your pets and livestock. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency will ensure that:

  • impacts are minimised
  • you have the necessary arrangements for cages or other transport
  • you have valuable bloodstock or pedigree papers, etc. packed with your family papers and photos to take if you are relocating or evacuating.

You should also consider that you may have to leave your animals to fend for themselves to give them the best chance of survival.

Some examples of community led emergency planning are:

  • Emerald Emergency Support Team The Emerald EST community based planning model is focused on early recovery. By assisting the community immediately after the emergency the impact of the emergency is reduced. For more information visit the Emerald Emergency Support Team website.
  • Ready2Go Cockatoo The Ready2Go program connects volunteers with vulnerable residents to support them with heat health awareness and planning for emergencies including relocation on high risk days. For more information visit the Ready2Go Cockatoo website.
  • Gembrook Emergency and Resilience (GEaR) group was developed from an identified need for Gembrook to have a local coordinated response to emergencies. GEaR works with emergency response agencies and Council to increase preparedness and resilience in Gembrook. For more information on the Gembrook Emergency and Resilience group, see the GEaR fact sheet.