Council is committed to providing the community with important information and support to those effected in times of emergency.
Developing a Personal Emergency Plan
Developing a Personal Emergency Plan is one way you can be better prepared in extreme emergencies such as fires, flooding or storms.
Read our Be Prepared PowerPoint to learn more on ensuring your family is prepared in an emergency.
Emergency Management In Wollondilly
Emergency Management is the term that covers the Planning & Preparation for, Response to, and Recovery from, incidents that have the potential to harm the lives and property of our community.
These incidents include:
- Building Fires
- Acts of Terrorism
- Loss of Utility Services
- Risks to Human or Animal Health
- Hazardous Material (HAZMAT)
The oversight of Emergency Management in Wollondilly is undertaken by the Wollondilly Local Emergency Management Committee (Wollondilly LEMC). The Wollondilly LEMC is overseen by the Sydney South West Metropolitan District Emergency Management Committee (DEMC). All DEMC's around NSW are governed by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC).
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.