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New regional plan for emergencies

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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a new plan that takes a region-wide approach to plan for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

The Northern Victorian Integrated Municipal Emergency Management Plan was developed in partnership with Loddon, Campaspe, City of Greater Bendigo and Central Goldfields councils, as well as other community and emergency management organisations such as Country Fire Authority, Australian Red Cross, State Emergency Services, Victoria Police, and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

“This is the first time we have worked closely with neighbouring councils and agencies to come up with an integrated plan,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We know that emergencies cross council boundaries, so it makes sense to work with our neighbours and come up with a united approach,” said Ms Knight.

Since Black Saturday, Victoria has undergone extensive emergency management review, resulting in legislation and policy changes. The new plan ensures emergency management agencies are meeting these legislative requirements.

“This plan will help us to work together, share resources in all phases – plan for, respond to and recover from emergencies,” said Ms Knight.

The plan includes a number of sub plans that have been reviewed in the last two years including the Municipal Heatwave Plan, Municipal Public Health Emergency Management Plan and Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places/Places of Last Resort Plan. It also includes individual appendices to reflect localised differences for each individual municipality.

To protect your family and loved ones in the event of an emergency, Council encourages community members to have a RediPlan in place. RediPlan templates can be downloaded from www.redcross.org.au/prepare or collected from your local CFA or SES.

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