Preparing for an emergency
Our Municipal Emergency Management Plan
Preparing for an emergency is everyone's responsibility.
We work with emergency service organisations to help protect the safety of our community.
Planning for an emergency
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.
You can run your own local emergency preparedness program through 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.
Preparing your family
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.
Preparing pets and livestock
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.
Community led emergency planning
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.
Resources in other languages
Links to websites to help you prepare
- Vic Emergency website - provides current and up-to-date information on emergencies within Victoria
- CFA website – Information on preparing for fire.
- SES website – Information on preparing for floods and storms.
- Red Cross website – provides information on preparing you and your family for all types of emergencies.
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website – provides information on planning for pets in an emergency.
- Deaf emergency information website – brings important emergency information together in one place, in Auslan and written English.
- CFA Pets and bushfires website – provides information on planning for pets in an emergency.
- RSPCA emergency planning website – provides information on planning for pets in an emergency.