There are three interdependent components that make up emergency management in Victoria:

  • Prevention: reducing or eliminating the incidence or severity of emergencies and mitigating their effects. DELWP, Melbourne Water and the catchment management authorities have primary responsibility to work with local councils and the Victorian SES (VICSES) on prevention activities.
  • Response: combating emergencies and providing rescue and immediate relief services. VICSES is the control agency for flood response in Victoria.
  • Recovery: Assisting people and communities to return to their usual way of life. The Emergency Management Commissioner is responsible for coordinating recovery activities for all emergencies at the state level.

VICSES provides community education and awareness about flood preparedness and is also responsible for preparing municipal flood emergency plans with support from the relevant local council.

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