Emergency Management Plan

Local Incident Management Plan 

The information below describes the general arrangements for emergency management in the Burnie municipal area. 

The arrangements in this plan are designed to address emergencise that:

(a) are caused by hazards impacting on the Burnie area;

(b) can be managed by local emergency management structures.

These arrangements are intended to be scalable and flexible so that they can be adapted when required.  They are always active across the Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery spectrum, but specific powers/authorities may be sanctions (typically during response and recovery) to complement existing efforts.

The following hazards have been identified for the Burnie municipal area: major road accidents/transport accidents; mass gatherings; economic recession/depression; environmental terrorism; localised flooding; landslip; port and marine emergencies; marine spills, dam failure; emergency animal disease; earthquake; hazardous materials; fire; industrial accident; aircraft accident at airport; storms/severe weather; terrorism and pandamics.

There are four sub-sections to the Emergency Management Plan:

Prevention and Mitigation  The current focus of prevention and mitigation for municipal emergency management.  The current areas of focus in the Burnie area are: Research; Risk Management; Protective Security and Business Continuity; Land-use planning; Public and Environmental health.
Preparedness What is done to be ready to respond to and manage community recovers, before an emergency occurs or is imminent.  Preparedness is managed collaboratively between State Government, Councils and their emergency management partners.  Current arrangements include:  Municipal Emergency Management Committees; Capacity and Capability; Education and Training; Identified Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre; Maintaining basic resources and agreements; Community warnings and public information; Municipal Emergency Management Plans; Vallidations and Performance Management; Administration Systems; Information Management and Cost Capture - Financial Administration.
Response What is done when an emergency occurs or is imminent.  When an emergency occurs, initial response actions are usually carried out at the emergency site by those who have the primary responsibility for protecting life, property or environment that is being threatened.    Support agencies assist response management authorities; councils can be requested to support Response and make resources available.  These requests are usually made by direct contact with the Municipal Coordinator.  The council has resource sharing arrangement with SES, DIER, CMW and other councils which means that resources can be shared to assist others in emergencies.
Community Recovery

What is done, in similar time frames to Response, to support community recovery in the short and longer term for the four community recovery elements: psycho-social; infrastructure; economic and environment.

These responsibilities can be met in partnership with the assistance and support of State Government agencies and Non Government organisations, coordinated using regional agreements.


Emergency Planning for Pets

What preparations should I make for my pets in case of an emergency?

Emergency planning for pets is an important part of emergency household preparations and greatly increases the likelihood of evacuating your pets to safety.  There are many things pet owners can do to be prepared in the event of emergencies such as floods or bushfires.  By following with checklist you can help to ensure that you and your pets are well prepared.



  • Ensure your dog is registered, micro-chipped and has an identification tag.  Make sure your owner contact details are up-to-date on the relevant microchip register.
  • Ensure vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Ensure you have a supply of animal medications if needed.
  • Research and identify temporary accommodation options for your pets.
  • Determine where your animal(s) will be relocated to if evacuated.  Keep in mind that the place may have specific requirements, for example - boarding facilities often require that animals are up-to-date with vaccinations.

Late evacuations can be dangerous.  To avoid unnecessary risks to you and your pets, move animals to a safer place as soon as possible.  If you know an evacuation may be occurring in a few days, consider moving your pets into temporary accommodation in a safe area well before there is any need to evacuate.

Pet Emergency Kit

  • Registration or licence papers.
  • Vaccination certificates.
  • Cages, pet carriers, van, horse float/trucks: these need to be available and functional in the case of evacuation.
  • Ensure your pets are trained to enter and spend time in the crate/carrier.
  • Litter and litter tray for cats.
  • Poo bags.
  • Collars, leads, harnesses, saddles etc.
  • Food and water supplies and bowls.
  • Medications.
  • Blankets, bedding, nesting material.
  • Toys.
  • Photograph of your pets - place in plastic bags.
  • Contact details for your vet, local RSPCA, Council and alternative animal accommodation.

Staying Informed

Being aware of your situation allows you to make informed decisions about your safety and the safety of your pets and family and greatly increases the likelihood of you evacuating safely.

Animals should never be abandoned unless it is absolutely impossible to evacuate them.  If you are forced to leave your animals behind, be sure to leave them plenty of food and water.  If possible, consider evacuating your animals before the danger arises.

 The City of Burnie Emergency Managment Planning Committee comprises of representatives from the following organisations:

  • Tasmania Police
  • Tasmania Fire Service
  • State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Ambulance Tasmania
  • Burnie City Council
  • Tasports
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
  • Gunns Limited


Western Emergency Management Plan

Tasmania Fire Service -  www.fire.tas.gov.au

State Emergency Services - www.ses.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service Community Fire Refuges - www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colCommunityRefuges

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