Council's role in emergency management
Council plays an important role in assisting to manage emergencies.
Before an emergency
We prepare for emergencies by working with other councils, emergency services and a range of government and non government agencies. These agencies form the Municipal Emergency Management Committee and are responsible for developing the Municipal Emergency Management Plan.
Council also produces an annual Fire Prevention Works Program. However, Council only manages a small percentage of the land in Latrobe City.
Work done on roadsides will not ensure that those roads are safe to travel on immediately before, during or immediately after a fire has passed through.
During an emergency
When an emergency occurs, Council responds in a number of ways. Council may provide additional resources to responding agencies and establish a Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC). Council staff are trained to perform emergency management roles such as helping in a MECC or emergency relief centre or acting as a liaison officer at an incident control centre.
After an emergency
If people are displaced from their homes or in need of assistance Council may open an emergency relief centre. Council will set up and run the centre which will provide for people’s immediate needs. Various agencies will work in the relief centre and provide services such as food, temporary accommodation, personal support and financial assistance.
Volunteering in an emergency
During and after an emergency local government is responsible for the coordination of relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts. If we require volunteers there will be information posted on this website.
If you are interested in volunteering in an emergency you can undertake training with an emergency services organisation. There are many opportunities available and most organisations offer induction, training, and skills development to make sure you are well prepared to help in a crisis.
See the Victorian Government volunteer portal
Municipal Emergency Management Plan
The priority in an emergency is to provide timely support to the affected community and to ensure the social and economic impact is minimised. We have prepared a Municipal Emergency Management Plan(PDF, 1MB) in accordance with the requirements of the Emergency Management Act 1986.
Community Action Plans Project
Latrobe City Council is working with each of its small town communities to implement a Local Emergency Action Plan (LEAP).
These plans are developed by the community for the community and are based on local knowledge about people, history, potential risks, vulnerability, infrastructure and services.
The purpose of a LEAP is to:
- provide individuals, families and communities with information, skills and key contacts for developing their own approach to emergency planning
- resource communities to enable good decision-making in an emergency by strengthening community involvement
- provide a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of emergency management agencies and organisations
- recognise that the impact of a disaster is complex and dealing with loss and trauma is difficult.
Each plan is recognised within Latrobe City Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan.
LEAPS have been prepared by community groups for:
Currently, LEAPs are being developed for Tyers and Cowwarr (in conjunction with Wellington Shire Council).Council is planning to work with representatives from Yallourn and Yallourn North, Glengarry and Toongabbie to develop a LEAP for each of these communities.
For more information about developing a LEAP for your community, please read the LEAP flyer(PDF, 1MB) and Fact Sheet(PDF, 2MB), then contact Deb Brown at Latrobe City Council on 5128 5775 or email Deb.Brown@latrobe.vic.gov.au