Strathbogie Shire Council is getting on the front foot in anticipation of the challenges it may face during extreme weather events.
Council has joined forces with a number of emergency services, including the CFA, Police, Ambulance and the SES, with an all-hazards approach to community-based emergency management.
Changes have been made to Strathbogie Shire’s emergency management, including the establishment of a council-run emergency management team, who will rotate the role of municipal emergency management officers and are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In the event of an emergency situation, the team will assist the community in emergency management relief by establishing relief centres throughout the shire.
Other changes include:
●A better process in how the Shire assists emergency services in incident response;
●Employing a full-time emergency management officer to co-ordinate council’s emergency management response;
●A shift in the transition of management of fire plugs throughout the municipalities, with Goulburn Murray Water now responsible for regular maintenance; and
●A community responsibility for weeds and dirt that cover fire plugs.
Strathbogie Shire municipal emergency manager Ken Ross said while all of the above was effective as of July 1, residents must remember that if there is any threat to life or property, they must call 000 in the first instance.
‘‘The relevant emergency services will then liaise with council’s emergency management team who will assist affected residents further,’’ he said.