1.5 Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of this plan is to bring together, in an integrated organisational network, the resources to prevent or mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies. It accepts that emergencies touch people’s life experiences in different ways and recognises that there is not and cannot be a single organisation, solely responsible for dealing with all aspects of emergencies.

In order to achieve this Colac Otway Shire Council acknowledges the linkages between this plan and the broader emergency, risk management and community safety context. This plan is to be read in consideration of the following plans and strategies:


MEMP sub plans

Municipal (Council plans and strategies):

  • Influenza Pandemic Plan – DRAFT
  • Colac Otway Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017
  • Colac Otway Shire Heatwave Plan
  • Business Continuity Plan
  • Risk Management Policy

Other relevant plans and strategies:

Operational guidelines and documents

  • Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre Operations Plan
  • Safety and Environment Management Plan – Port of Apollo Bay

1.5.1 Updates (sub-plans, operational plans and strategies)

The maintenance responsibility of all Council related sub-plans, operations plans, strategies, and standard operating procedures that support the Municipal Emergency Management Plan rest with the relevant author.

1.5.2 Public access

An edited version of this plan , omitting all contact names, numbers and confidential information, is available on the Colac Otway Shire Council website www.colacotway.vic.gov.au, the Municipal Library and the State Library of Victoria.

1.5.3 Privacy

Recipients of the plan are advised that names and contact numbers contained within will be used only for essential emergency management purposes and will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2000. This extends to other parts of the plan where names and contact numbers are provided. The public version shown on Council’s website will have all names and contact numbers removed

1.4 Objectives