Council's role in an emergency

Council works with a range of emergency services agencies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

The role of Council and the agencies in the event of a local emergency is set out in the Lake Macquarie City Council Local Disaster Plan (DISPLAN).

The DISPLAN covers a broad range of emergencies that may occur in Lake Macquarie including:

  • Natural disasters
  • Biological hazards
  • Hazardous materials emergencies
  • Dam or other infrastructure failure
  • Transport infrastructure emergencies

In major flood and storm emergencies, the DISPLAN is activated.

Council’s role in emergency management

Council also has key responsibilities in responding to emergencies and assisting in recovery for example:

  • Council functions as a Local Emergency Operations Centre during an emergency, staffed by trained employees. Council will also provide trained officers to liaise with and support the frontline agencies involved such as the SES.
  • Council is responsible for public places such as parks and roads. You should ring Lake Macquarie City Council on 4921 0333 for advice and assistance about storm or flood damage to public places.

Council may provide engineering resources required for response and recovery operations including:

  • Damage assessment
  • Clearance and re-establishment of roads and bridges
  • Demolition and shoring-up of buildings
  • Removal of debris
  • Construction and maintenance of temporary levees and evacuation routes
  • Erection of barricades and fences for public protection
  • Rescue arrangements
  • Recovery planning
  • Clean up and disposal
  • Environmental remediation/restoration
  • Disaster relief funding