6.9 Municipal Coordination and Management Arrangements

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:

  • Type of event.
  • The area affected.
  • Numbers of people affected.

6.9.1 Activation and Notification

Activation of the Colac Otway Shire Relief and Recovery Plan can be initiated in the following ways:

  • The Municipal Emergency Resource Officer is contacted by the Department of Human Services (DHS) or responsible agency.
  • The Municipal Recovery Manager (MRM) is contacted by the MERO to begin recovery.
  • The responsible authority/lead agency or DHS contacts the Environmental Health Department or the MRM directly.

Contact numbers for municipal recovery contacts are provided in Appendix 4 Emergency Contact Directory.

6.9.2 Municipal Recovery Arrangements

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:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the three councils.
  • Planning and preparedness.
  • Activation processes.
  • Support arrangements.

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.

6.9.3 Levels of Recovery Activities

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