The needs of individuals and communities after an emergency will vary in scale and complexity. However, these needs can usually be met by existing services, supplemented by additional resources where there are capacity issues.
Recovery planning and management should initially be on the basis of linking affected individuals into existing services provided by existing agencies.
The recovery activities will depend on:
Activation of the Colac Otway Shire Relief and Recovery Plan can be initiated in the following ways:
Contact numbers for municipal recovery contacts are provided in Appendix 4 – Emergency Contact Directory.
The Colac Otway, S urf Coast and Corangamite Shires share similar risk environments from an emergency perspective. The three councils also share common responsibilities in relation to preparing for and responding to emergencies of varying scale. Although the three Councils are in varying stages of planning for Emergency Relief and Recovery, all three acknowledge that councils play a critical role in this area of emergency management. As such the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee for each of the three Shires have endorsed the need to form a combined Cross-Council Relief and Recovery Committee that covers the three municipalities.
The Cross Council Relief and Recovery Committee aims to ensure the provision of effective emergency relief and recovery services across the three municipalities. To do this the Committee will focus on the development of Relief and Recovery plans that address four major areas:
The Cross Council Relief & Recovery Committee has developed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the sharing of resources, known as the Otway District Relief and Recovery Collaboration MoU.
Recovery activities will be dependent on the type of emergency and its effect on the community. Levels relate to the extent of the impact and the resources required to respond to the emergency.
6.8 Functional Areas of Recovery
6.10 Recovery Escalation Criteria