24 August 2017
Develop cross boundary emergency coordination arrangements between agencies in major emergencies. Explore, verify and build inter-agency and inter-emergency management district relationships.
It can be very complicated when incidents run over boundaries of different agencies.The exercise has highlighted the role of the service and need for pre-planning / preparation.For such a large scale event, agencies would very quickly become depleted - you would need very good fatigue management strategies put in place and agencies need to have deputies for the many roles/meetings that they would be involved with.The importance of networking. The importance of the Comprehensive Impact Assessment document.The impacts of agency standard operating procedures on each other; complications caused by differing district boundaries. These issues are best explored in an exercise environment which allows for remedy during actual incident.Strengthened the need for formalised MoUs.
Ensuring that I have sufficient people trained and authorised in taking on some of the Liaison Officer roles for the various committees without reducing the number of people to undertake our core role in emergencies.Make sure I have access to our own EM procedures and are up to date.Include more examples in our local government training on preparations (MoU) that they should undertake with their adjacent Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the event of the need for an evacuation centre outside their own boundaries.Understanding of other agency expectations, Incident Support Group (ISG) / Operational Area Support Group (OASG) players in large scale multi-agency incident.Work on the requirement for an MoU between neighbouring LGAs.