Where is Council up to with regards to strategic emergency management planning?
What strategic plans are in place?
What organisations are involved?
In which organisations related to strategic emergency planning, is Council involved formally/at executive level?
How can Council keep Councillors and the community updated?
While New South Wales emergency management arrangements are based around local government areas the role of local government in emergency management is poorly defined. The Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) makes very little mention of Local Government in emergency response.
With regard to preparing for an emergency, the local council is to provide secretarial and technical support to the Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) which prepares the local emergency plan. The LEMC is made up of a representative from the local council, Ambulance Services of NSW, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Police Force, NSW State Emergency Services (SES), LEOCON (Police) and the Regional Emergency Management Officer (as an observer) and has the General Manager of the local government authority or his representative as the chair of this committee. While Council does have some role to play in emergency management, it is the State agencies, appointed committees and to a large extent the police officers appointed as the Local and Regional Emergency Operations Controllers who have a more significant role in managing, planning, preparation for and response to a local emergency.
It is a requirement that the local LEMC prepares a local Disaster Plan for the Willoughby and Lane Cove Local Government areas. This plan includes emergency preparedness, response to and recovery arrangements and ensures a coordinated response by all agencies having responsibilities and functions in emergencies. Our Local Displan was recently updated this year and staff contributed to this review.