The complexity of the effects of an emergency on the community, and the need to have in place measures to minimise the impact, give rise to the need for an emergency management structure and set of arrangements which encompass all aspects. Therefore, Emergency Management involves a range of programs and arrangements designed to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of hazard impacts on the community.
The involvement of Local Government in all stages of emergency is critical, and therefore Rockdale, Hurstville and Kogarah LGA's have formed the St George Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC). The LEMC is responsible for the preparation of plans in relation to the prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies in the its LGA. These responsibilities include such activities as emergency risk management, multi-agency training and exercises, and supporting combat agency public education programs.
For further information you can contact Rockdale's Local Emergency Management Officer (LEMO) Mr Karim Elazar on 9562 1500. Further reading on this subject at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au and the NSW State Disaster Plan (Displan - 2006).