Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) is used during times of emergency.

Council manages municipal resources and co-ordinates support for our community to deal with the effects of an emergency. This includes responding to and recovering from emergencies, such as:

  • Providing emergency relief to people affected by or responding to an emergency.
  • Municipal help to agencies responding to and recovering from emergencies.
  • Assessing the impact of an emergency.
  • Recovery activities within our municipality, with the Department of Human Services.

So we can carry out these emergency management duties, Council has a Municipal Emergency Management Group. During an emergency, the group will meet to decide what level of activity is needed.

This group consists of:

  • Municipal Emergency Resource Officer (MERO) (senior Council officer)
  • Municipal Recovery Manager (MRM) (senior Council officer)
  • Chief Executive Officer (or delegated senior officer/director)
  • Municipal Emergency Response Coordinator (MERC) (senior Police officer)
  • Control agency representative
  • Other agency representatives as required

Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort

Council has designated the following Neighbourhood Safer Places:

  • Robinvale – Recreation Reserve, Latje Rd, Robinvale
  • Swan Hill – Showgrounds, Corner Stradbroke Avenue and McCallum St, Swan Hill

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) are a place of last resort when all other plans have failed.

They can provide some protection from direct flame and radiant heat during a fire but may still be subject to ember attack.

NSPs are NOT relief centres – there are limited facilities and no support or services are provided.

NSPs are NOT places to relocate to when leaving early.