4.1 Introduction

Emergency Risk Management is a process which aims to reduce risks within a community. This can be done by identifying the risks that a community faces, assessing the vulnerability of the community to those risks and providing options to reduce or eliminate the risks.

Emergencies of some kind or another occur every day within a municipality. The aim of emergency risk management is to promote public safety and reduce the impact of these emergencies.

The Colac Otway Shire MEMPC developed the Community Emergency Risk Management Workbook in 2000 and maintained this in accordance with the EMMV Part 6. A hazard analysis and risk assessment of perceived threats to the municipality was conducted. The process resulted in a risk register, which identifies risks, has an analysis and evaluation of the risks, and shows risk treatments. The community was involved via a process of communication and consultation.

As at May 2014 the Community Emergency Risk Assessment (CERA) process has commenced and will be completed with guidance from Victoria Emergency Service (VicSES).


4.2 Community Emergency Risk Assessment