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Emergency Management Plan

The Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) includes strategies to prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies, which may occur in or near the City of Whittlesea and impact on residents and infrastructure.

Every municipality is required to prepare and maintain a Municipal Emergency Management Plan, under the Victorian Emergency Management Act 1986. The MEMP is updated every 2 months, and audited by the Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES) every 3 years. The next audit is due in 2020.

The MEMP aims to:

  • reduce possible causes of emergencies
  • minimise the effects of emergencies that may occur
  • provide guidance in the management of emergencies that may occur
  • assist residents, employees, contractors and visitors to recover following an emergency

It identifies the following 19 emergency risks within the City of Whittlesea:

  • aircraft crash wide-bodied
  • disease outbreak major – animal or plant
  • disease outbreak major – human infectious disease (all sources)
  • earthquake
  • electrical - distribution supply failure (localised)
  • electrical  – South Morang terminal station
  • extreme weather event - general
  • extreme weather event - heatwave
  • fire -bushfire
  • fire -residential
  • fire & explosion – commercial / industrial
  • flood
  • gas – outer transmission ring main
  • gas - reticulation distribution / transmission failure 
  • major community events
  • off-site discharges – commercial / industrial (including HAZMAT)
  • terrorism
  •  transport incident (rail/road/tram) - major
  • Yan Yean water treatment plant

To view the full public version of the MEMP, visit your local library at Lalor, Mill Park or Thomastown.  The MEMP includes the Plenty Gorge Precinct Integrated Fire Prevention Strategy.


The MEMP was developed by the MEMP Committee, which includes representatives from the following groups:

  • emergency services
  • Council officers
  • government departments or agencies
  • service providers

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