An emergency is any event where loss of, or damage to life, porperty or the environment occur, or are imminent, requiring the immdeiate deployment and coordination of resources by statutory services (such as state government agencies and Councils) to prevent or mitigate the consequences of it.
Examples of emergencies include fire, floods, high winds, pandemics, marine pollution and spills, unintentional release of hazardous materials, infrastructure failings (e.g. building, road or bridge collapse).
An Emergency Management Plan has been developed covering Devonport, Central Coast, Kentish and Latrobe municipalities. This plan, required under the Emergency Management Act 2006, describes the process and responsibilities for coordinated action to reduce community vulnerability and enhance capacity to withstand emergencies, as well as cope with and recover from their impacts.
There are four elements to managing emergencies:
The Australian Red Cross has produced a range of booklets and checklists to help individuals and communities prepare, respond and recover to emergencies.
The Tasmania Fire Service is committed to creating, with your help, a community that is safe from fire.
To improve your safety, you need to be well-informed about the dangers posed by fire in your own environment - at home, at work and at play.
For more information about prevention and preparedness for possible fire in your home, at work, on your boat and in bushland, visit the Tasmania Fire Service website.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 May 2012 )