During the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires Whittlesea Township was a main focal point for a firefighting co-ordination, immediate relief of displaced persons and domestic animals. It was a central hub for recovery activities immediately and for several years after. This publication seeks to build on the knowledge gained over the recovery period.

collageThe Whittlesea Township and Surrounds Community Emergency Plan stemmed from the Whittlesea Community Recovery Committee’s (CRC) project “Building Community Resilience” under the Whittlesea Community House. With community champions driving the project, support
and funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), Emergency
Management Victoria, the Whittlesea Community Resilience Committee and the City of Whittlesea it has enabled the development of a local Community Emergency Plan.

The Whittlesea Community Emergency Plan provides a local focus on emergencies and support for the community in being prepared for any event.

Community Resilience is “a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available
resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations.” (RAND Corporation).

Our hope is that by using this Plan the Whittlesea Township and surrounding areas will be better able to respond to, withstand and recover from any future disasters.
We encourage you to make contributions and comments.

Thank you,
Whittlesea Community Emergency Plan Working Group

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