Emergency plans put to the test

Staff members from Hume City Council will undertake a mock exercise to test the municipality’s plans in the event of an emergency.

A disaster scenario shall be simulated at Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre on Thursday 20 August 2015, between 9.00am and 12.45pm.

Council officers will be joined in the exercise by representatives of Victoria Police, State Emergency Service, Red Cross and the Victorian Council of Churches.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council was determined to be ready for an unforeseen calamity.

“This is a really important emergency drill that will see Council officers face an extraordinary situation, and respond to it in a manner that minimises harm to both people and property,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The pretend incident will help us to evaluate our emergency management and recovery plans, as well as Council’s ability to continue operating during a disaster.

“It will enable our staff members to hone the roles they will assume in an emergency, and allow them to communicate directly with police and SES officers, while under pressure.”

As part of the training, Council officers will also simulate an emergency relief centre, so that Hume is well-prepared to assist residents through a catastrophe.

Cr Atmaca said Council took its emergency management role seriously.

“Every municipality in Victoria is required to undertake an exercise like this annually, and we’re determined to respond with skill in the event of a crisis caused by fire, flood or strong winds,” he said.

“Throughout the year, Hume works to reduce the risk of a major fire across summer.

“We prune trees near power lines, slash vegetation along streets, and assist other agencies with planned burns.”

Hume City Council encourages residents to take advantage of the cooler months and maintain their property before the warmer weather returns.

Property owners can reduce their risk of fire damage if they:

• mow lawn regularly so that grass remains short;
• clear leaves from gutters, and remove branches and leaves that lie near a dwelling on the ground; and
• check that smoke detectors are properly installed and that they work correctly.

Residents who live on rural properties should also install a fitting on their water tank which can connect to a CFA fire-fighting hose.

Cr Atmaca said the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre would remain open to the general public during the emergency drill on Thursday 20 August 2015.

“We’ll display signs at the centre so that people realise a mock incident is underway,” he said.

Further information on Hume’s emergency management plans is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 4 August 2015

Updated : 10:11 AM, 4 August 2015

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