6.1 Introduction

Emergencies of various scales frequently occur in Victoria. These emergencies vary greatly in terms of the size of the event, the geographic area affected, the nature of the hazard that causes the emergency, and the impacts on the community.

These recovery arrangements have been developed in accordance with the directions of the Emergency Management Act (1986) and form part of the MEMP. They have been developed to ensure adequate arrangements are in place to assist those individuals and communities who are affected by emergencies in the Colac Otway Shire area. These arrangements are part of a broader framework and should be read in conjunction with the other parts of the MEMP.

The Department of Human Services is the coordinating agency for emergency relief and recovery at the state and regional level, working in collaboration with municipal councils who have that responsibility at a local level.

This section details Colac Otway Shire’s relief and recovery arrangements, more detail can be found in the Municipal Relief and Recovery Plan.

PART 6 – RELIEF & RECOVERY ARRANGEMENTS

6.2 Emergency Relief Definition