The Geelong Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMPlan) is an agreed set of arrangements between Council, VicPol, Emergency Services and other agencies for preparing for, responding to and recovering from an emergency event.
There are a number of subplans for specific emergencies or sites.
Because the document contains some detailed emergency services information Parts 10 and 11 are only available for emergency services and Council staff.
Each municipality in Victoria is required to have a MEMPlan under the Emergency Management Act 1986. This plan must undergo an external audit every three years. Reform to the planning is about to be implemented.
The MEMPlan is maintained by the multi agency Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee.
- Victoria Police
- Country Fire Authority
- Ambulance Victoria
- Regional Roads Victoria
- Corrections Victoria
- Barwon Water and
- other organisations such as Department of Health and Human Services, Red Cross, Council of Churches Emergency Ministries, Deakin University, Barwon Health, major industry etc.
MEMPlan outlines Council and agencies role in planning in the before during and after of an emergency, commonly known as the preparation, response and recovery arrangements at the municipal level.
The document includes an assessment of Geelong's risks and hazards and arrangements across agencies for :
- roles and responsibilities
- functions and actions
- management arrangements.
Legislative requirements and reform
Emergency management in Victoria is governed by the Emergency Management Act 1986 and the Emergency Management Act 2013.
The Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 was passed in the Upper House on 9 September 2018. As a result, parts of the Emergency Management Act 1986 will be repealed, and new governance and planning arrangements will be contained in the Emergency Management Act 2013.
The changes to the planning arrangements will not occur immediately but will instead occur over a number of years.
There is to be phased implementation of the new arrangements, starting with the state, then regional and finally municipal levels.
The current Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee is currently being reviewed in line with the reform.
Memplan will be re-written over the next year.
A full review of the plan will be completed once the Regional plan incorporating the legislative changes has been developed.
The MEMPlan is independently audited every three years by the Victoria State Emergency Service, VicPol and the Department of Health and Human Services.