Emergency relief and recovery
Emergencies in the Macedon Ranges
We are the lead agency for emergency relief and recovery at the local level.
The Macedon Ranges is one of the most fire prone areas in Victoria and has a history of bushfires occurring throughout the shire. The most devastating fire occurred on Ash Wednesday in 1983 which virtually destroyed the townships of Macedon and Mount Macedon. But fire is only one of many potential emergencies including:
- Transport accidents
- Chemical or industrial accidents
An emergency may affect a whole community, such as a bushfire or storm, or it may be a localised event that affects one or two families, such as a house fire or a flood.
Unless the emergency is very large, relief and recovery management happens at the local level - usually lead by Local Government.
Council’s role in relief and recovery
Our relief and recovery staff aim to help people immediately after an emergency particularly where residents have lost the basic necessities of life including somewhere to live, clothing and food.
We coordinate the delivery of information and assistance that people need after an emergency to secure these basic needs, financial aid, safety, and help with pets and livestock.
A range of government departments, local community organisations, health agencies and volunteer groups work with us to provide recovery assistance. Longer term recovery efforts may be managed through a community recovery committee with representatives from Council, Government and voluntary agencies, special interest groups and the affected community.
A Relief Centre may be opened during an emergency event. It provides a place for people who have had to leave their home with a temporary gathering place to get information and basic support services such as food, clothing, blankets, first aid and emergency shelter.
A relief centre provides only very basic amenities and should be considered an option only if going to family, neighbours or friends is not feasible. Pets and animals are also welcome at relief centres as long as they are contained (e.g. in horse floats or animal cages).
If there is a major emergency in the municipality, contact us on 5422 0333 for the location of the Relief Centre, or listen to ABC radio on 774 AM or 91.1 FM.
If the emergency is likely to be for an extended period, arrangements will be made for the provision of a suitable Emergency Recovery Centre.
If a major event has affected a whole community, it is likely that a Recovery Centre will be established. This is a “one stop shop” for people affected by an emergency.
A Recovery Centre is usually located in the affected community and provides a place where residents can access support from Red Cross, Salvation Army and other services, as well as information regarding such things as insurance, accommodation and financial support. It is also commonly used as a meeting place for the community to come together and support one another.