Council's role in an emergency

Council plays an important role in managing 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(DOCX, 2MB) .

Council also produces an annual Bushfire Mitigation Works Program. However, Council only manages a small percentage of the land in Nillumbik. 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.

Council will work with the community to assist with recovering from emergencies.

Volunteering in an emergency

If you are interested in volunteering before, during or after an emergency please contact Volunteering Victoria