Emergencies are defined as "crisis events, actual or imminent, which endanger life, property or the environment, and which require a significant coordinated response".
They are an inherent part of the Australian environment. While we cannot prevent them, we can minimise the risks they pose.
An ordered approach to research and data collection, with a focus on mitigation as well as response and recovery, and continued efforts to enhance cooperation across jurisdictions will create a better understanding of the risks associated with emergencies for our communities.
The five Councils will be sharing resources to collectively improve community awareness on emergency risk issues and to develop emergency risk management plans.
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An emergency is an event, actual or imminent, which endangers or threatens to endanger life, property or the environment, and which requires a significant and coordinated response. It includes floods, major storm, bushfire, earthquakes and terrorist activity.
An Emergency is not a local incident. A local incident is identical in many ways to an emergency, but does not require a significant and coordinated response. It can include, for example, one tree falling over, a single house fire, minor disturbances or dog attacks. All five councils acknowledge that the impact of a local incident on those affected can be traumatic. For the purposes of gaining an understanding of what is considered an Emergency, however, these events are classified as local incidents only.
If you would like to learn more about Emergency Management, please explore the links listed under Related Links below. If you would like to provide feedback or need additional information please email (with Emergency Management in the subject column):