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Working together in emergency planning Analysis

Working together in emergency planning


Find out how community organisations and local government can work more closely together when managing disasters and emergency events.

Disasters and emergency events affect individuals and whole communities, and can cause people great hardship – physically, financially and psychologically. There are many ways local government and community organisations can work more closely together to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.

Governments are increasingly acknowledging the community sector is an essential partner in building disaster resilience, and providing support during and after a disaster. The shift to shared responsibility in emergency management means integrating emergency services, volunteers, business, community organisations and all levels of government, to build resilience to emergencies and disasters. Cooperation and collaboration between all sectors can improve response, relief and recovery for people, families and communities affected by emergency events.

VCOSS and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) are partnering to bring you the third VCOSS-MAV Emergency Management Forum: Working with community in emergency planning. Join us on 20 June to hear from the following speakers:

  • Craig Lapsley, Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner – A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria
  • Myra Giardini, City of Mandurah, WA – ‘Beyond the Gate’ Aged Care Emergency Support Network, winner of 2015 Resilient Australia Award.
  • Mary Farrow, Emerald Community House – Emerald Community House Centre of Resilience, a community development model committed to resilience building.
  • Kate Riddell, Firefoxes Australia – The Firefoxes support group, an example of grassroots resilience and what is possible after disaster.
  • David Marnie, Macedon Ranges Shire Council – Black Hill Reserve Fire Recovery: a community development approach.
  • Cherie Graham, Moorabool Shire Council & Pam Sutcliffe, Buninyong Community Volunteer – Council and community responses to the Scotsburn fire and other recovery efforts.

Breakout sessions:

  • Sally Sneddon, Surf Coast Shire Council – Introducing the Fire Game, a quirky and interactive game designed to test and build bushfire survival skills.
  • Kirsten Lingard, Mansfield Shire Council – Community Resilience Leadership Program, bringing together a cross-section of stakeholders to build community resilience.
  • Scott Hilditch, Cities of Kingston and Greater Dandenong – Learnings and innovations in engaging with CALD communities and the implementation of Heat Plans

This popular event will take place on Monday 20 June at the Library at the Dock, a brand new event space in the heart of the Docklands, Melbourne. Bookings are now open.

Banner image: Flickr – Filipão 28 (CC)