Health & safety
In a vast area such as Murray River, effective emergency planning is key to ensuring local people enjoy the security and protection they need day in, day out. The emergency planning process is designed to produce arrangements that provide the basis for managing emergency impacts.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides support to Local Governments with information on emergency risk management, the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, planning for recovery and industry awards. A strategic approach also minimises the cost and effects of emergencies, after all reasonable risk reduction measures have been taken.
During or following a natural disaster, OEM may contact affected local councils to assist in the assessment of the impact of the disaster in the area. Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMC) are responsible for the preparation and review of plans in relation to the prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies in the Local Government Area (LGA) for which it is constituted (Section 29 SERM Act 1989).
Key responsibilities of the LEMC include:
- Prepare and review plans relating to the prevention of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies in the local government area for which it is constituted
- Give effect to and carry out emergency management policy and practice
- Review and monitor emergency management policy and practice across the region
- Develop and conduct local emergency management training exercises
- Facilitate local emergency management capability through inter-agency co-ordination, co-operation and information sharing
The Murray River Council Local Emergency Management Plan (Plan) details the arrangements for prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies within the Murray River Council Local Government Area (LGA). The Plan has been endorsed by the LEMC on 12 October 2017 and the Riverina Murray Regional Emergency Management Committee on 22 November 2017.