Emergency Risk Management Plan
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, and while we cannot prevent them, we can minimise the risks they pose.
The Town of Walkerville, and the Cities of Campbelltown, Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Burnside and Prospect have been working together to create a regional response to emergency situations.
This information has been collaborated, and made available via the Public Health and Safety website, hosted by Norwood Payneham & St Peters. The information on the site is presented to:
- increase your understanding of emergencies;
- help you to understand what you can do yourself; and
- tell you who to contact when (if) you need help.
What is an Emergency?
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.
What is a Local Incident?
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.