Before an Emergency

Our role in an emergency

We work in partnership with the community, responsible authorities and other relevant agencies and organisations to prevent and minimise the occurrence of emergencies and their impacts on the community.

This collaboration developed a municipal plan that details strategic actions that occur before, during and after an emergency. Municipal Emergency Management Planning, (MEMP)

Preparing for an Emergency we:

  • Prepare the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) which includes specific sub plans for fires, floods, storms, heatwaves and pandemics

  • Implement relevant local government legislation (eg. fire, health, building and planning)

  • Assess hazards and undertake appropriate preventative measures, like private property fire hazard inspections

  • Provide support to community resilience building programs

  • Work with other councils across the Grampians region to increase our capacity and capability to respond in an emergency

What you need to do

Be prepared and have a written and practiced plan for high fire risk days.

Community Information Guides may help you develop your plan. The CFA has developed these guides in consultation with the community for Ararat, Elmhurst, Lake Bolac, Moyston, Pomonal, Streatham and Willaura and area available on the CFA website.

You can find information on warnings and current incidents at the VicEmergency website  

We have assessed a number of Places of Last Resort/ Neighbourhood Safer Places for our community as last resort survival options. These do not replace having a well thought out and practiced survival plan. Going to a Neighbourhood safer place is only a last resort if your plans have failed.

Whether pets are at home with you, relocated during fire risk days or brought along on holidays, you need to plan and prepare for their safety as well as your family’s and your own. Information on how to prepare your pets for an emergency is available by clicking here.