6.14 Emergency Relief and Recovery Roles and Responsibilities

Emergency Relief and 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.

The agreed roles and responsibilities of agencies under these arrangements are consistent with Part 7 of the Emergency Management Manual Victoria .

Municipal councils are required by the Emergency Management Act (1986) to prepare a Municipal Emergency Management Plan. This plan details the local arrangements for the management of recovery activities.

6.14.1 The Role of Colac Otway Shire

The Municipal Recovery Manager is responsible for the coordination of municipal resources in recovering from emergencies, and has full delegated powers to deploy and manage Councilís resources during emergencies.

The Colac Otway Shire has agreed to undertake the following functions during recovery, either by statutory obligation or voluntary actions for the wellbeing of the community:

  • Restoration of services normally provided by the municipality.
  • Restoration of municipal drains, road and bridges.
  • Assessment of dwellings and buildings to ascertain level of safety for approved use.
  • Monitor public health matters.
  • Provide local knowledge to the other recovery agencies.
  • In conjunction with the Department of Human Services and Community Agencies, provide services, information and facilities to assist the community in recovery from an event. This could involve the establishment of a coordination centre.

Some of these functions will have begun before recovery officially begins.

6.14.2 Relief and Recovery Personnel

There are a number of personnel provided by Council who are directly involved in the Relief and Recovery phases. Their positions are:

  • Municipal Recovery Manager.
  • Deputy Municipal Recovery Manager.
  • Emergency Relief and Recovery Centre Managers.
  • Emergency Relief and Recovery Centre staff.
  • Environmental Health Officers; and.
  • Human Services staff.

Council may co-opt additional staff if necessary in order to fulfil its relief and recovery responsibilities.

There are also personnel provided by other recovery agencies to assist Council. These include:

  • Case Managers.
  • Community Development Officers.
  • Community Hub Captain.
  • Community Hub Support staff.
  • Outreach Personal Support staff.

Generally, Council is expected to have resources to cover these positions for a Tier 1 emergency. A Tier 2 emergency may require case management and other external support. In the event of a Tier 3 emergency the State Government will arrange for one or more of the following: case management, community hubs, community development officers, and State officer support.

6.13 Community Recovery Committee

6.15 Post Impact Assessment