Municipal Emergency Planning

All local government areas are required under Part 6 of the Emergency Management Act 2013 to establish an Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) to anticipate potential emergencies and plan how to minimise their impacts.

The City of Whitehorse MEMPC has identified the following significant non-routine emergency risks for the city:

Significant Emergency Risk Risk Rating Control Agency
Extreme Temperature High Emergency Management Victoria
Storm High State Emergency Service
High Rise Emergency High Fire Rescue Victoria
Human Disease (Pandemic) High Department of Health
Civil Disturbance Medium Victoria Police
Structural Fire Medium Fire Rescue Victoria
Bushfire/Grass fire Low Fire Rescue Victoria

The primary role of the MEMPC is to develop and maintain a Municipal Emergency Management Plan ( PDF 2.96MB) and supporting sub-plans based on the identified municipal risks.

Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee Membership

The City of Whitehorse MEMPC includes nominated representatives from the following organisations:

Representative Organisation Membership Type Emergency Management Role under the State Emergency Management Plan
Ambulance Victoria Statutory Ambulance Victoria (AV)
Australian Red Cross Statutory Australian Red Cross (ARC)
Community Representatives Statutory, Various Not Specified
Deakin University Community Representative Not specified
Department of Education and Training Community Representative Department of Education and Training (DET)
Department of Families Fairness and Housing Statutory Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH)
Department of Health Statutory Department of Health (DH)
Fire Rescue Victoria Statutory Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV)
Salvation Army Recovery Agency Salvation Army – Victorian Emergency Services 
Services Australia Recovery Agency Services Australia
Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry Recovery Agency Victorian Council of Churches - Emergencies Ministry (VCC EM)
Victoria Police Statutory Victoria Police (VicPol)
Victorian State Emergency Services Statutory Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES)
Whitehorse City Council Statutory, Chair Municipal Councils

Emergency management agency and Council roles and responsibilities are more fully explained in the Victorian State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP). Depending on the type of emergency and the help needed, more than one emergency service provider may be involved.

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