Recovery after an emergency
Emergencies such as bushfires and floods may damage the built and natural environment. Fast action is often needed to stop the damage getting worse.
Actions to recover from a fire or flood may start while the emergency is still active and may keep going for many months.
Parks and forests
Emergencies that affect parks and forests may force the closure of roads, tracks and visitor facilities.
They may make the area unsafe to visit by causing hazards such as dangerous trees and landslips. They may pollute water supplies, injure wildlife, burn trees and destroy assets such as picnic tables.
To find out about DEPI's recovery roles in forests and parks, see public land recovery.
Farms and other rural enterprises
To find out more about recovery of rural enterprises after a fire and flood, contact the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Emergencies affecting farms and other private land may damage crops, injure livestock, destroy the fencing and food that livestock need, and cause economic and other stress to landholders.
Other impacts may occur, such as disease spreading from animal carcasses, surviving animals being affected by disease, soils eroding, water supplies being contaminated, and weeds spreading.
After bushfire and floods DEPI has a primary support role in the recovery of rural enterprises. DEPI mainly focuses on:
- assessing losses of agricultural assets and livestock, and the needs of affected persons and communities
- assessing injured stock and provide advice on options such as humane destruction, emergency slaughter or treatment
- assisting with humane destruction of burnt livestock where feasible
- advising individuals, communities and governments agencies on re-establishing rural enterprises or alternative strategies for economic recovery
- advising local councils and shires on disposal of dead or injured stock
- advising distribution bodies (such as the Victorian Farmers Federation) on needs for donated fodder
- delivering recovery projects identified by government to support the short and medium term recovery of individuals, communities and industries.
During recovery DEPI works closely with community groups, organisations and emergency management agencies. These partners include local government and:
- Department of Human Services (DHS)
- Country Fire Authority (CFA)
- State Emergency Service (SES)
- Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)
State Emergency Relief and Recovery Plan
The State Emergency Relief and Recovery Plan facilitates collaboration between all agencies and organisations responsible for supporting the relief and recovery of communities that have been affected by emergencies in Victoria.
The plan is developed in accordance with the Emergency Management Act 1986 and forms Part 4 of the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.
The Department of Human Services coordinates statewide and regional emergency recovery, collaborating with municipal councils who are responsible at the local level.