How emergencies are managed

Emergency management in the Tweed is a joint effort between 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.

Emergency life cycle

Emergencies have 4 stages:

  1. prevention
  2. preparedness
  3. response
  4. recovery

Understanding this cycle helps us prepare for emergency events, respond safely and recover quickly.

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

Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Plan

Tweed Byron EMPLAN cover pic The Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Plan(PDF, 1MB) (EMPLAN) is the main document guiding emergency preparedness, response and recovery arrangements for the Tweed Local Emergency Management Area (the entire Tweed Local Government Area). The plan outlines responsibilities and functions assigned to each agency to ensure a coordinated response during emergency events.

Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Committee

Key stakeholders involved in emergency management activity form the Tweed Byron Local Emergency Management Committee. The committee was established under 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 committee is responsible for and guided by the EMPLAN and includes:

  • senior representative from both Councils
  • senior representative of each emergency service operating in each region
  • representatives of organisations providing services in functional areas
  • the Local Emergency Operations Controller

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

Who is responsible?

The agencies involved in emergency management are responsible for different risks. Responsibilities are documented in the Tweed Byron EMPLAN and each agency has its own planning document to support the EMPLAN.

More information

For information about emergency management in the Tweed contact Council's Local Emergency Management Officer on 02 6670 2567.