Our Role in Emergencies

What is Council's role in emergencies?

In an emergency, Council supports response agencies such as Victoria Police and CFA, and coordinates relief and recovery efforts within the municipality.

To prevent and prepare for emergencies, we:

  • Prepare and maintain a Municipal Emergency Management Plan and Municipal Fire Management Plan in conjunction with local emergency services
  • Implement and enforce relevant local government legislation (e.g. planning, fire, health and building)
  • Provide education and support in order to improve community resilience
  • Collaborate with other Councils in the North West Metro region to improve our capacity and capability to respond to an emergency
  • Identify and assess hazards, and undertake appropriate preventative measures


During an emergency, we:

  • Activate a Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre to coordinate response agency support, and relief and recovery activities
  • If required, open an Emergency Relief Centre for displaced residents
  • Assist with the distribution of emergency warnings and information through our Hume Emergency Information and Hume City Council Facebook pages
  • Assess the impact on the community, and provide support for activates such as hazardous tree removal, waste removal, animal welfare and personal support
  • Support and empower the affected community in its long-term recovery


Updated : 12:13 PM, 6 December 2018

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