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Planning for an Emergency

Planning for bushfires

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Planning for floods

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Emergency Management Planning

The emergency management systems in Australia are based on the principles of:       

  • All hazards, generic arrangements should be developed for all conceivable emergency risk
  • All agencies, a whole of government approach should be adopted
  • Comprehensive emergency management should include prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery
  • A prepared community
    As the closest level of government to communities, local government has a key role in community emergency management The Warrumbungle Shire Council Emergency Management (EM) Plans (previously called DISPLAN or Disaster Plan) provide an outline for prevention, preparation, response and recovery. This includes disaster arrangements for our community and in partnership with other levels of government and volunteer agencies.  The focus is to minimise the effects of a disaster.

     The  Plans:

    • Outline the Disaster Management system
    • Specifies roles and responsibilities
    • Addresses all phases of disaster management
    • Provides a framework for sub-plans for our most likely threats such as bushfire, severe storms and floods     

    Prepare a Household Emergency Plan

    Discuss who in your household will do what in an emergency. For example, decide who will pick the children up from school or take care of the pets.   

    Prepare an emergency plan and put the plan where everyone will see it. For example, you could place it on the refrigerator or bulletin board.

    To prepare an emergency plan

    • Discuss with household members the dangers of bushfire, severe storms, cyclones and other emergencies
    • Protect your home by securing loose items, such as lawn furniture, refuse bins, children's furniture, and other objects that may damage property during severe storms
    • Discuss how to respond to each disaster that could occur
    • Discuss what to do in the event of power outages and personal injuries
    • Draw a floor plan of your home and identify two escape routes from each room
    • Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.  Write down where the main switches and values are located
    • Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.  Include your local police, fire, ambulance, Council and State Emergency Service, together with gas and electricity suppliers
    • Teach children how and when to call 000 and  instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information
    • Choose one interstate and one local friend or relative for household members to call if separated during disaster teach children how to make long distance telephone calls
    • Choose two locations where you can meet, if a natural disaster makes it impossible to return home. You could choose a location near your home (for example, in the event of a fire) and a location outside your neighbourhood
    • Ensure your pets are looked after 


    Last Updated: 13 Jul 2020