City takes its emergency management responsibilities very seriously.
adhere to Victoria’s Emergency Management
Act that states the first priority in any incident is primacy of life –
including the safety and wellbeing of our staff and our community.
that Act, the lead responders to an
emergency are Victoria Police, the CFA, the SES, or the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning – depending on the nature of the
role of all Victorian councils – including the City of Greater Geelong – is to
work with and support other emergency agencies to provide relief and recovery
services to impacted individuals or communities.
addition, all City staff who manage and work in our public spaces are well-versed
in first-aid, emergency evacuation and safety procedures that are appropriate
to their venues, programs and responsibilities.
example, we have emergency plans to quickly contact parents of children at our
childcare centres, while all City buildings have staff safety wardens who run
regular emergency evacuation drills.
gain an events permit from the City, all public outdoor events organisers must
submit an emergency management plan that satisfies our public safety
requirements, and is proportionate to the risks of their activity and location.
set our public safety requirements in consultation with Victoria Police and
other relevant agencies, via the Events Multi-Agency Working Group (established
by the City in 2005).
We are guided by the Commonwealth’s national
framework, Australia’s Strategy for
Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism 2017.
have also added a new Events Security Working Group to focus on the risks and
mitigation options for a range of emerging public safety challenges.
responding to an emergency, our experienced emergency management team follow a
comprehensive Municipal Emergency
Management Plan: a plan required of all Victorian councils.
emergency management team has strong links with other multi-agency emergency
services, and can quickly respond to support residents in an emergency – as shown
during the recent Drysdale petrol station fire and evacuation in September.