6.6 Principles Underpinning Recovery

Management of recovery will occur in the context of clear and agreed arrangements and involve processes of consultation and cooperation through established communication channels. In reading these arrangements, it is essential to have an appreciation of the assumptions and accepted understandings that underpin them.

These assumptions and accepted understandings are:

  • Resilience of individuals and communities is respected

Recovery services and programs must acknowledge the inherent resilience individuals and communities display. Individuals, when given appropriate information are able to make informed choices about their recovery. Communities, when supported with information and resources, are able to support and manage their own recovery.

Recovery is an integral component of supporting emergency management in Colac Otway Shire. These arrangements are documented in other places within the MEMP document.

  • Levels of recovery operations

Recovery operates at multiple levels. In order to ensure the success of the arrangements, it is vital that all agencies and organisations involved in management, coordination or service delivery undertake these activities in a cooperative and collaborative manner, within the agreed framework.

  • Multi-agency cooperation

Coordination and communication both at and between the various levels of operation will assist in ensuring the success of recovery activities for the affected community.

  • Roles of organisations and agencies

Recovery is not the exclusive domain of any single agency. All agencies and organisations willing to participate have an important role to play. This recognises that recovery must be a whole-of-government and a whole-of-community process.

  • Affected community involvement

Recovery requires the active involvement of the affected community. It is an accepted principle of recovery that the active involvement of the affected community is essential for recovery success.

All recovery agencies should seek to engage with the affected community during the development of plans, and must involve the community in the development of recovery activities following an emergency.

  • Operational plans that support arrangements

All agencies and organisations with agreed roles and responsibilities under the arrangements must develop internal operational plans that detail the capacity of the agency and strategies that will be employed by the agency to undertake the agreed roles and responsibilities.

Colac Otway Shire has developed a Municipal Relief and Recovery Plan.

  • Response/Recovery interface

Recovery should begin as soon as possible, if not simultaneously with response when an emergency occurs. It is therefore essential to ensure high levels of understanding and cooperation between response coordinators and recovery coordinators at each of the levels of operation.

Council’s MERO will keep the MRM informed as to the status of the unfolding event. During the ‘response phase’ of the event, Council’s Municipal Recovery Manager will be proactive in being kept informed of the progress and its impact and when necessary, be the officer that activates the Recovery Team.

6.6.1 Key Concepts of Emergency Recovery Management

The responsibility for overall coordination rests with DHS as the coordination agency for recovery. Local Government will have the local knowledge and networks to assist in recovery at a local level.

This section describes some of the key concepts of the recovery arrangements so that a common understanding is achieved among participating agencies.

  • Recovery Planning/Preparedness

Recovery planning is the cornerstone of the recovery arrangements in Victoria. It is a collaborative process involving consultation with all stakeholders. It is imperative that agencies and organisations involved in the recovery arrangements develop operation plans to ensure that they are able to fulfil the roles and responsibilities they have agreed to carry out.

  • Response and Recovery Interface

Response and recovery are usually concurrent activities in the early stages of an emergency event. Recovery activities should begin as soon as practicable when an emergency occurs.

  • Education and Training
  • The Department of Human Services has an ongoing commitment to recovery training and education.
  • Media Issues

During recovery operations requests for information from the media about coordination and management of recovery activities should be directed to the responsible recovery coordinator at the time.

6.5 Transition of an Emergency to Relief and Recovery Phases

6.7 Recovery Management Structure