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Emergency management in the Tweed is a cooperative effort between a number of government and non-government agencies, volunteers and Council.

What is an emergency?

An emergency is an event that:

  • endangers, or threatens to endanger the safety or health of people or animals; and/or
  • destroys or damages, or threatens to destroy or damage, property, in such a manner as requires a significant and coordinated response.

The emergency life cycle

Emergencies have a cyclic four stage lifecycle of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Understanding this lifecycle helps us to be prepared for emergency events, respond safely and recover quickly and effectively.

At each stage there are different things to know, different actions we should take and different ways we connect with people. These stages can change rapidly and often overlap.

Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN)

Tweed Byron EMPLAN 2016 PDF cover

The Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN) (1.21mB PDF) is the primary document guiding emergency preparedness, response and recovery arrangements for the Tweed Local Emergency Management Area, which covers the entire Tweed Local Government Area. The EMPLAN clearly outlines the responsibilities and functions assigned to each agency to ensure a coordinated response to emergency events.

Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC)

Key stakeholders involved in emergency management activity form the Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC), a committee established under the provisions of the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act, 1989 to:

"develop, maintain, coordinate and review comprehensive multi-agency emergency management arrangements within the Tweed Shire and to provide support to Combat Agencies and other Authorities and Organisations with emergency management roles which will assist in building a safer and more resilient community".

The LEMC is responsible for and guided by the EMPLAN and consists of:

  • a senior representative of both Councils;
  • a senior representative of each emergency services organisation operating in each region;
  • representatives of organisations providing services in functional areas; and
  • the Local Emergency Operations Controller.

Tweed Council provides executive support facilities for both the LEMC and the Local Emergency Operations Controller for the Tweed Byron LEMC.

Who is responsible?

The various agencies involved in Emergency Management are each responsible for different types of risks. These responsibilities are documented in the Tweed Byron EMPLAN and each individual agency has its own planning document to support the EMPLAN.

Further information

For further information about Emergency Management in the Tweed, contact Council's Local Emergency Management Officer on (02) 6670 2567.

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