Emergency Management in NSW is underpinned by the notion of shared responsibility, and an all-hazards, all-agencies approach. It also recognises that emergency management has four distinct, yet interactive stages – Prevent, Preparation, Response and Recovery.
The NSW State Emergency and Rescue Management Act (1989) (SERM Act), and the NSW Emergency Management Plan (EMPlan) provide the legislative framework for emergency management in NSW. The statutory roles and responsibilities of emergency service agencies including Combat Agencies and Functional Area Agencies are clearly defined.
Additional Sub-Plans and Supporting Plans detail the interagency arrangements in relation to specific events and emergency operations. These are as broad and far-reaching as plans for storms and bush fires, to oil spill and human pandemic plans.
The emergency management structure in NSW delegates responsibility to Regional Emergency Management Committees and Local Emergency Management Committees to develop, maintain and review Regional and Local Emergency Management Plans as well as Sub and Supporting Plans.
Emergency management is devolved to the most grassroots level where local agencies involved in emergency planning, response and recovery activities are included in the process. This enables the development of emergency plans which more readily reflect local community needs, embrace community resources and capability and are inclusive of representation from emergency services, government entities, businesses, the rural and farming sector, primary industry groups and community based services.
Disaster Mastermind specialises in holistic and inclusive emergency management planning, training and developing structures for managing and recovering from emergency events within your community. We provide creative and innovate solutions for community engagement and increasing participation, and have strong networks to help develop partnerships and collaborative practices. Our clients include: