Resource Category:

Emergency Management

Helping Out booklet and map

The City of Melbourne's Helping Out booklet and map provide a comprehensive list of free and low-cost services available from organisations in the central city and surrounding suburbs. The booklet and map include information about food, accommodation, health services, drug and alcohol services and legal advice from more than 70 organisations throughout the City of Melbourne. This booklet contains an alphabetical list of all agencies and the services they offer. Organisations span across health, legal, homelessness, housing and more.  

American Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library

The American Red Cross has created this Disaster and Safety Library to assist you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe. Also features CALD safety checklists in Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. *Please note this information has been created for the American home and/or workplace and therefore may not be suitable to you.  

Essential guide to flood planning and preparation

A helpful guide to identifying flood risk and ways to prevent and safely manage flooding in the home and workplace.

Disaster and Disadvantage Report

Disaster and Disadvantage: Social vulnerability in emergency management Victoria has been struck by a series of devastating and costly natural disasters in recent years. The demands of changing environmental conditions – of the increasing frequency and intensity of floods, fires, dryness and heatwave – is projected to continue and will likely become worse. Emergencies are devastating, personally and financially, for individuals and families and they impact hugely on both local economies and more widely on local and state government expenditure and capacity. The impact, of course, is worse for communities that have already struggled with sustained drought or wider structural adjustment. VCOSS has recommended a long-term approach to planning for emergencies that builds on the experience of communities and organisations. This includes:
  • investing in increased emergency management capacity in local government and community sector organisations to plan for and respond to emergencies,
  • funding community sector organisations to undertake risk management, planning and staff training specifically for emergency events, ensuring clear mechanisms, including MOUs, are in place to financially reimburse community sector organisations for the provision of a range of pre-agreed services for affected communities,
  • improving the capacity of community sector organisations and local governments to undertake heatwave planning and response, and
  • improving the thermal efficiency of the homes of those Victorians who are most vulnerable in heatwaves, particularly those with disabilities, medical conditions and chronic illnesses.

Emergency Management – Overview of the Resources

This section of VCOSS Link will provide you with resources, tools and information to assist you and your organisation in preparing for the impacts of emergencies. Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time. Natural disasters such as bushfires, flood or severe storms  are what often comes to mind, but other events such as road accidents, industrial accidents, pandemics, and transport or engineering accidents are considered emergencies and can happen on any scale and without warning. Victoria is particularly susceptible to bushfire. In an average fire season alone suffers more than 4000 fires across the state. Victoria is also particularly vulnerable to heatwave, as well as flooding and severe storms. Unfortunately it is predicted that Victoria will experience more extreme weather events and natural disasters as a result of climate change.  In fact more than one in six Victorians will experience a natural disaster in their lifetime. The community sector plays a vital role in assisting individuals and communities as they prepare, respond to and recover from emergency events.  While it is important that community organisations understand what the impacts of an emergency are on local people and communities, often organisation are impacted by the emergency as well. From damage to premises or records, to staff members own homes and assets being damaged by an emergency event, the ripple effects of an emergency can be devastating. Emergencies can strike at any time, and planning and preparation are key to good recovery. Resources: Community Sector Organisations in Emergency Management provides an overview of emergency management and the role that the community sector plays in response, relief and recovery. Managing emotions in emergencies: For people working with affected communities provides information regarding how to deal with a range of emotional responses from those affected in the wake of an emergency.

Emergency Preparedeness

Red Cross has a series of resources for agencies that have been designed to assist people working in emergencies. Red Cross also has comprehensive information to help people better prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies. Bushfire emergency plans and planning tools are available through the CFA website. The SES offers information and advice on preparing and planning for floods, storms, tsunamis and earthquakes. SES also offers information in a variety of languages on staying safe during a flood or storm.

Emergency Relief

The 2013 edition of the state government’s Emergency Relief Handbook 2013  is now available. The Salvation Army’s Still Standing is an interactive website and online film for people affected by natural disasters, with advice from experts, such as medical practitioners who specialise in disaster recovery, and a section on helping children to understand and cope in hard times. There is also the opportunity for people to tell their own stories through submitting them to the website. Red Cross has a range of information and resources to help people understand what might be experienced when they are recovering from an emergency and what they to do to help themselves. Red Cross also have a range of resources for agencies working with people who have been impacted by an emergency. The Victorian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Services Guide provides information on a wide range government and non-government services that can help in ongoing rebuilding and recovery for people impacted by the 2009 bushfires. In addition, the Victorian Government’s Recovery website offers information and advice to people affected by recent emergency events. EACH has a dedicated website for people affected by the 2009 Bushfires – Black Saturday and Beyond. The website encourages people to share their stories, and provides a range of information and resources.

Emergency Recovery

The Salvation Army’s Still Standing is an interactive website and online film for people affected by natural disasters, with advice from experts, such as medical practitioners who specialise in disaster recovery, and a section on helping children to understand and cope in hard times. There is also the opportunity for people to tell their own stories through submitting them to the website. Red Cross has a range of information and resources to help people understand what might be experienced when they are recovering from an emergency and what they to do to help themselves. Red Cross also have a range of resources for agencies working with people who have been impacted by an emergency. The Victorian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Services Guide provides information on a wide range government and non-government services that can help in ongoing rebuilding and recovery for people impacted by the 2009 bushfires. In addition, the Victorian Government’s Recovery website offers information and advice to people affected by recent emergency events. Managing emotions in emergencies: For people working with affected communities provides information regarding how to deal with a range of emotional responses from those affected in the wake of an emergency. EACH has a dedicated website for people affected by the 2009 Bushfires – Black Saturday and Beyond. The website encourages people to share their stories, and provides a range of information and resources. Additional resources:   Surviving Traumatic Grief Vol 2 for families – published jointly by EACH (Community Health) and Sue Evans fund for Families. Surviving Traumatic Grief: when loved ones die in a disaster – published by Red Cross, Sue Evans find for Families, and the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Children and Gender in Emergency Management

Children and young people VCOSS Children and young people in emergencies fact sheet The University of Queensland’s Child Trauma Research Unit offers post disaster resources for teachers and children http://www.som.uq.edu.au/media/277122/teacher_manual_conrod.pdf Kids helpline – 1800 551 800 Parentline – 13 22 89 The Australian child and adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief network (ACATLGN) - www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - www.nctsnet.org Gender VCOSS Women, gender and emergency management VCOSS Men and Black Saturday MAV Gender and emergency management fact sheet

Vulnerable People Policy