Emergency management

Silhouette of a firefighter in front of burning forest

Emergency management is serious business. It's about protecting the lives and livelihoods of our community in the unfortunate event of an emergency in the Queenscliffe municipality.

A number of plans have been developed to guide Council in responding to and recovering from emergencies. We've developed these in conjunction with other emergency service providers to ensure a coordinated approach.

You can also help play your part in emergency management through the following simple tasks:

  • Keeping your property neat and tidy for fire prevention
  • Regularly cleaning chimneys and checking smoke detectors to avoid fires in the home
  • Having and practising a fire plan
  • Understand what to do to look after yourself and your pets during a heatwave.

Municipal Emergency Management Plan

The Borough of Queenscliffe Municipal Emergency Management Plan(PDF, 3MB) (also known as the MEMPlan) has been produced pursuant to Section 20 of the Emergency Management Act 1986.

This plan addresses the prevention of, response to and recovery from emergencies within the Borough. It is the result of the cooperative efforts of the municipal emergency management planning committee and assistance from Victoria State Emergency Service Geelong Regional Headquarters, and recognises the previous planning activities of the municipal area.

For any enquiries about the MEMPlan, please contact Council.

Heatwave Plan

Council maintains a Heatwave Plan for the safety and welfare of our community. Our community is particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, given that a large proportion of the population is aged 65 years and older.

The Borough of Queenscliffe Heatwave Plan(PDF, 677KB) aims to reduce heatwave associated risks within the Borough of Queenscliffe municipality by:

  • Identifying risks to the community
  • Assessing the vulnerability of the community to those risks
  • Providing options to reduce or eliminate the risks and impacts of a heatwave on the municipality
  • Having arrangements in place to reduce the health impacts of heatwave
  • Developing media and communication messages, in line with whole-of-government messages, to inform the community and staff of the best way to look after themselves, relatives and their neighbours during a heatwave
  • Providing support and assistance throughout the duration of the heatwave
  • Ensuring response activities are consistent across the whole of government.