Council's Municipal Emergency Management Plan gets tick of approval

Alpine Shire Council is now better prepared to respond to, and recover from emergencies after its updated and improved Municipal Emergency Management Plan Version 3.0 2015 (MEMP) was adopted last month.

Following Council’s endorsement, the MEMP was audited and approved by a panel comprising the Victorian State Emergency Service, Department of Health and Human Services and Victoria Police.

Key amendments to legislation and the Emergency Management Manual for Victoria (EMMV) resulted in many changes to the Alpine Shire MEMP.

Council’s Emergency Management Coordinator Steven Tucker said the improved MEMP will ensure Council will be better equipped during emergencies.

“The MEMP identifies risks that have the potential to impact the Alpine Shire, which includes bushfires, floods, heatwaves and disruptions to essential services,” he said.

“This updated document identifies the roles and responsibilities of Council staff that have emergency management functions, and the plan now allows everyone to be more aware of the inherent risks in the shire.”

Mr Tucker said the MEMP also provides a necessary link to Council’s Community Resilience Committee.

“The document outlines the Community Resilience Committee’s role in the coordination of recovery efforts, and it also identifies the local capacity of relief agencies that service the Alpine Shire during times of emergency,” he said.

“One of the most important aspects of the MEMP is that it meets the requirements to allow Council to provide relief to the community during an incident, and help the community recover from an incident.”

An abridged version of the 2015 Municipal Emergency Management Plan will be available on the Alpine Shire Council website on Wednesday, December 16.

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