Local Emergency Management
The Town is an active participant in the Western Central Local Emergency Management Committee
The Western Central Local Emergency Management Committee (WC LEMC) is a non-operational cooperative group that carries out emergency management planning activities and maintains local emergency management arrangements to deal with emergency situations, both natural and man-made. The group has recently included strategies for terrorist actions, critical infrastructures and recovery within the areas bounded by the following local government authorities:
Refer to the Western Central Local Emergency Arrangements document below for detailed information. These arrangements should be read in conjunction with state emergency management policy statements and plans.
The Western Central Local Emergency Management Arrangements
Climate Smart 2014.pdf
In 2008, the WC LEMC made a successful application to FESA for an AWARE program grant of $87,000 to undertake a community emergency risk assessment of their respective localities and surrounding districts so as to review the hazards and risks facing the community, assess the vulnerability of those community elements at risk and provide options, treatments and strategies to mitigate the risks and enhance opportunities for resource sharing between neighbouring councils.
In July 2009, Local Government Insurance Services (LGIS) was selected and formally appointed to undertake the Community Emergency Risk Assessment on behalf of the WC LEMC and to co-develop the Emergency Risk Management Assessment for the Western Central LEMC in accordance with the Emergency Management Act 2005, Australian Risk Standards, FESA guidelines and International Standard for Risk Management AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009.
Their report was submitted to Western Central LEMC in September 2010.
A large scale emergency could affect the entire local community so residents and businesses are encouraged to stay informed and take common-sense precautions. As emergency experts, FESA has a range of information on bush fires, flooding, storm safety, hazardous materials release and other events available. Check out the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website or telephone the Town on 9347 6000 for more information.
What you can do:
make sure all family members know important contact numbers and your emergency plan;
prepare an emergency kit and keep it handy;
learn some basic First Aid;
know how to turn gas, electricity and water mains off and on at your home; and
find out about emergency plans at your children's school, your work place and in the local community.