A list of Council committees associated to emergency information.
Emergency management is a legislative requirement for Local Government; as a result, the Local Emergency Management Committee was established to overview, plan and test the local community emergency management arrangements in Wollondilly.
The process of managing flood risk is assisted by the Floodplain Risk Management Committee. The committee is made up of Councillors, Council Staff from a variety of areas across Council, NSW Government Agencies and Community representatives. The Committee has an advisory role and makes recommendations to Council for its consideration.
Roles of Emergency Management Committees
Planning and Preparation
This includes allocating roles and responsibilities to each Agency for different types of situations (Bushfire to the RFS, Storm & Flood to the SES, etc) and how these Agencies communicate and what activities must be undertaken to help reduce the likelihood or impact of an emergency (eg. bushfire hazard reduction, bushfire survival plans, storm preparations, evacuation centres etc).
This is where an emergency situation has occurred and it requires immediate action. These situations may be small isolated incidents where only one Agency is required to respond, to major widespread situations that take some time to bring under control (eg., major bushfire, significant flooding or a major storm that has caused widespread damage).
Recovery is the developing area of Emergency Management that can be the most significant. The Response to an emergency can be over a very short period of time, where the Recovery can take quite some time (even generations where significant trauma and loss of human life has occurred).
The Recovery phase of an emergency including activities like clean-up of debris, provision of temporary accommodation, rebuilding houses and businesses, rebuilding roads and bridges, social and trauma counselling and the general re-establishment of communities.