5.23 Termination of Response Activities

It is essential to ensure a smooth transition from the response phase to the recovery phase of an emergency at the municipal level. While it is recognised that recovery activities will have commenced shortly after impact, there will be a cessation of response activities and a hand over to recovery agencies. The early notification of recovery agencies involved in the emergency will ensure a smooth transition of ongoing activities from response to recovery.

When response activities are nearing completion, the MERC, in conjunction with the Control Agency, will call together relevant relief and recovery agencies including the MERO and the MRM, to consult with, and agree upon, the timing and process of the response stand down.

Where it appears to the Municipal Emergency Response Coordinator (MERC), after consultation with the relevant agencies, that response activities are nearing completion, they will convene a meeting with the Control Agency, Municipal Recovery Manager (MRM) and Regional Recovery Coordinator (DHS), to establish whether:

  • The emergency response has or will soon be concluded.
  • The immediate needs of the affected persons are being managed.
  • The relevant agencies are ready to start, or continue, providing and/or managing recovery services.
  • The Incident Controller has supplied a current handover document.
  • Sufficient damage/impact information has been passed to the Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC) to enable detailed planning for recovery activities.

If agreement is reached at that meeting to terminate response activities, the Municipal Emergency Response Coordinator (MERC) will advise all agencies of the time at which response terminates and arrangements will be made to maintain the Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC) functionality for an agreed period.

If the emergency is of significant size which has resulted in the Department of Human Services being actively involved, then the Municipal / Regional Coordinator will consult with the MERO, the MRM and the Recovery Manager from the Department of Human Services to agree on the timing and process of response to stand down.

5.22 Impact Assessments

5.24 Response to Recovery Transition