Emergency management

Victorian local governments have a legislated role in emergency management. At Melton City Council we work closely with emergency services and community organisations to better assist our community during the response and recovery phases to an emergency event. Melton City Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee takes an ‘all hazards’ approach when planning prevention and mitigation activities that reduces risks or minimises the effects of emergencies that may occur within the City of Melton area.

Emergency Management is everyone’s responsibility, every person residing or visiting our area has a responsibility to themselves and their families to be prepared. Emergency services and other agencies with a role in emergency management do the best they can to assist before, during and after an emergency event, however, you also need to take charge of your own safety by heeding the warnings and taking the necessary precautions; remember during an emergency situation assistance may not be able to reach you quickly.

Councils responsibilities

Every municipality is required to develop and maintain a Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) under S20 (1) of the Emergency Management Act 1986.

The Municipal Emergency Management Plan(PDF, 2MB) addresses the prevention of, response to and recovery from emergencies within the City of Melton.

To assist in minimising the effects of an emergency, the MEMP:

  • outlines the emergency management arrangements
  • addresses all phases of emergency management (Planning, Prevention, Response and Recovery).

If you have any queries or feedback on the MEMP please contact our Emergency Management Coordinator on 9747 7200.

What does Council do in an Emergency?

Depending on the nature of the emergency council will:

  • Open and operate Emergency Relief Centres - if there is a major emergency in the City of Melton or surrounding areas we may open a relief centre in a council building or public hall. There will be a range of services to help people affected by the emergency. This may include assistance with food and clothing, accommodation, support services and access to grants and financial aid.
  • Organise clean-up, repair and restoration activities and manage environmental health issues, such as food and sanitation safety.
  • Assist with ongoing recovery activities in conjunction with government agencies.