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Guide to Councils

Emergency management

Municipal councils have a variety of emergency management roles that encompass all phases of emergency management, from prevention through response to recovery.

The roles that councils play include:

  • coordinating activities within their municipality that involve input from a variety of agencies and other actors (e.g. developing Municipal Emergency Management Plans and sub-plans, which are led by council with involvement of emergency response and support agencies)
  • delivering services to the community both during and after an emergency incident (e.g. operating relief centres)
  • supporting efforts of response and support agencies, which may involve physical resources (e.g. plant and equipment) as well as non-physical contributions such as local knowledge.

For more information, a one-page list of council functions can be found in Part 7 of the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.