Emergency Management Resources




Horsham Rural City Council along with all the emergency service agencies including Victoria Police, CFA and VicSES are responsible for developing and implementing strategies to assist communities both during and after natural and man made emergency events.

The Emergency Management Act 1986 and the Local Government Act 1989 outline the important role Councils play in Victoria's emergency management arrangements in particular Council's connection to the community.

The following pages provide direction on the role Council plays in emergency management and the strategies that can be used during and after an emergency event.

Key links and information is also provided to assist the community in preparing for and dealing with an emergency. Specific information related to an actual emergency will be added to the "During Emergency" and "After Emergency" sections when an incident occurs.

VicEmergency Hotline 

A new VicEmergency Hotline has been created for warnings, preparedness and recovery information, planned burns and more.

The new hotline will replace the existing Victoria Bushfire Information Line (VBIL), SES Information Line, Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line, and others from DEDJTR and DELWP.

The new phone number is - 1800 226 226 

Vic Emergency is a combined source of emergency information and warnings. You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

Horsham Rural City Council Emergency Information

Emergency Broadcasters

Tune in to emergency broadcasters for updates, alerts and messages.

MIXX FM - 101.3 FM

ABC Radio - 94.1 FM / 594 AM

3WM - 1089 AM

Triple H (Horsham) - 96.5 FM

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Municipal Emergency Management Plan

The Horsham Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP)(PDF, 1MB) addresses the prevention of, response to and recovery from emergencies within the Horsham municipality. It is the result of the co-operative efforts of the emergency management planning committee, which includes representatives from Victoria Police, CFA, DELWP, Ambulance Victoria, DJPR, SES, DHHS, VicRoads, GWMWater, Red Cross, Wimmera CMA, Horsham Rural City Council and other agencies. The MEMP does not attempt to reinvent the wheel and actively recognises the previous planning activities of the municipal area. 

If you have any comments, feedback or concerns regarding the MEMP, please contact the Municipal Emergency Resources Officer on emergency@hrcc.vic.gov.au

Municipal Fire Management Plan

The Horsham Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee (MFMPC) includes members from DELWP, CFA and Horsham Rural City Council. The committee is supported at a regional level by the Grampians Strategic Fire Management Planning Committee and at a State level by the State Fire Management Planning Committee.

A key responsibility of the MFMPC is the development of a (PDF, 2MB)Municipal Fire Management Plan(PDF, 2MB),

This plan describes how regional authorities, local government, fire agencies and other relevant organisations can work together to effectively anticipate, respond to and recover from bushfire events affecting the Horsham Municipality.

Municipal Relief and Recovery Plan

The Horsham Municipal Relief and Recovery Plan sets out a plan for recovery following an emergency in Horsham Rural City.

The Plan aims to assist and involve the community in returning to an effective level of functioning after an emergency. 

This Plan is currently under review and will be made publicly available once the review is complete.

Any enquiries relating to Relief and Recovery can be directed to the Municipal Recovery Manager on (03) 5382 9777.

Emergency Animal Welfare Support Plan

The four Partner Councils who make up the Wimmera Emergency Management Resource Sharing Program (WEMRSP) - Hindmarsh, Horsham, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack are vulnerable to a number of hazards that impact their area and may affect the welfare of domestic animals (pets), livestock and wildlife.

The area of the four municipalities is home to a large number of domestic animals, livestock and wildlife.  The area is also traversed by major highways, which carry livestock in large volumes on a daily basis.

This Emergency Animal Welfare Support Sub-Plan(PDF, 850KB) complements the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) of each Partner Council.

The focus of this sub-plan is to prescribe the municipal coordination arrangements that exist to support agencies which have a responsibility for emergency animal welfare support, this includes:

  1. Domestic Animals (pets) – Local Government
  2. Livestock – Dept. for Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DJPR)
  3. Wildlife – Dept. of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP)

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