Council has a large role to play in emergency management, creating Neighbourhood Safer Places and working with the community to build community resilience prior to an emergency event occurring.
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- Municipal Fire Management Plan
- Neighbourhood Safer Places
- CFA community information guides
- Emergency Recovery
Council is committed to providing information which may assist the general community should an emergency occur within the municipality.
Our community has been subject to fire, flood, storm and outbreaks of animal diseases and needs to understand how to prepare, respond and recover from an event.
The information contained on our website has been developed to assist the community to access advisory information prior to and during an emergency. This information is subject to change and is provided as a guide only during an emergency.
For specific advice you should contact the relevant emergency service.
Municipal Fire Management Plan
This integrated Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP) is risk based, has regard to the social, economic, built and natural environment aspects of fire and guides participants involved in fire management activities. It is consistent with the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) to ensure that the linkages across fire Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery (PPRR) programs are consistent and holistic. The plan also contains appropriate reference to other uses of fire, including agricultural, ecological and cultural applications, and replaces the existing Municipal Fire Prevention Plan (MFPP).
The purpose of this integrated MFMP is to chart the planned and coordinated implementation of measures designed to minimise the occurrence, and mitigate the effect of bushfire, grass fire, residential and industrial fires in the community. The plan is based on the Integrated Fire Management Planning (IFMP) framework.
This Moorabool Shire MFMP is an integrated plan combining plans from the Municipality, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Country Fire Authority (CFA), VicRoads and other key stakeholders.
Neighbourhood Safer Places
A Neighbourhood Safer Place is not a community fire refuge or emergency relief centre. NSPs are places of last resort during the passage of a bushfire, and are intended to be used by persons whose primary bushfire plans have failed. NSPs are places of relative safety only. They do not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. Furthermore, there may be serious risks to safety encountered in travelling, and seeking access, to NSPs during bushfire events. Depending on the direction of a particular fire, it may not be a safer place to assemble than other places within the municipal district.
Neighbourhood Safer Places (PDF, 152.37 KB)
At a Special Meeting of Council Statutory and Annual Appointments Meeting on Monday 7 December 2009, Moorabool Shire Council, through working with the CFA, has designated a Place of Last Resort - Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) in Greendale. Greendale Oval at Egans Reserve, on the Greendale - Ballan Road, is the place of last resort for all residents in Greendale.
Darley Civic and Community Hub (Oval) is the place of last resort for all residents in Darley.
At its Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 16 May 2012,Moorabool Shire Council, through working with the CFA, has designated a Place of Last Resort - Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) in Darley at the Darley Civic and Community Hub (oval).
At its Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 3 March 2010, Moorabool Shire Council, through working with the CFA, has designated a Place of Last Resort - Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) in Gordon.
Gordon Public Hall, is the place of last resort for all residents in Gordon.
In accordance with Council's legislative requirements, Council has adopted a 'Municipal Council Neighbourhood Safer Places - Places of Last Resort during a Bushfire' Plan.
CFA Community Information Guides
Community Information Guides are for local residents and visitors to the area and contain local information for communities to help identify and manage the risk of bushfire
The Plans are based on your town’s bushfire history, terrain, vegetation and access routes. They also contain information such as:
- Community based maps with key landmarks, routes and neighbourhood safer places (where applicable)
- Bushfire survival options including shelter options
- Identification of local bushfire risks
- Information regarding warnings, evacuation and Fire Danger Ratings
- A relocation checklist; and
- Key contacts and information sources.
Know your Community Information Guide and link it with your personal bushfire survival plan.
Managing bushfire risk is everyone’s responsibility - know your Community Information Guide.
Emergency Relief Centres
If there is an emergency event nearby and your family has decided to leave the area, an emergency relief centre will be in operation at a location determined by Council for you to visit.
A relief centre is a large community building which serves as a first point of call for community members who are evacuating as a result of an emergency. It can become active as a result of any emergency.
Relief centres are operated by Council staff. There are several relief centres identified across the Shire, however not all will open in the case of an emergency. The most appropriate location will be determined as emergencies arise and will be dependent on the location of the emergency and needs of affected residents. To find out which relief centre is in use during an emergency listen to the local radio or contact us.
Upon arrival at a relief centre, you will be greeted by representatives of the Red Cross and your details will be registered. Further assistance and information will be provided as appropriate, including refreshments, first aid, accommodation, material aid and personal support.
Operational relief centres are in regular contact with emergency services to provide people with new information as it comes to hand.
Recovering once the emergency has passed
Following an encounter with an emergency, it is important to ensure your health, and the health of those around you is in check.
Some people may suffer a heat-related illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Older people, infants, pregnant or nursing mothers, physically unwell people and those who are on medication for mental illness are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
Stress and exhaustion during or after an emergency can also occur. The longer an emergency lasts, the more likely people will be to display symptoms of stress. Symptoms will appear either during or after an emergency. People are encouraged to look after themselves and use formal and/or informal support to recover.
Insurance, mortgages and credit, budgeting and financial assistance are all things you will need to consider after an emergency event. The State Government and Centrelink may be able to assist you with such matters.
Making early contact with your insurance company is important. You should speak with your insurer before authorising any major repairs and should only make minor repairs to your property to ensure its safety. It will assist the claims process if you can make an inventory of your lost property, including food, as a result of the emergency. Claims will be processed as quickly as possible.
If you cannot stay at your property or with family or friends after an emergency please contact Council for assistance.
If your water has been used by fire management agencies, the State Government will replace essential water for household purposes. Council can help you to arrange this.
If your property relies on tanks, you must check whether the water has been contaminated before consuming. Contamination can sometimes be detected by the appearance of the water (check for floating particles or discoloration), or by having the water tested. Contamination can be reduced by installing a first flush diverter. These are available at most hardware stores.
Detailed information about emergency recovery assistance and support services can be obtained by contacting us.
The Victorian Council of Social Service has a very useful podcast series based around recoverying after an emergency. You cna download the series of podscasts at their website: https://www.buzzsprout.com/251344/978412-untitled-episode