The Victoria State Emergency Service’s (VICSES) new three-year plan will help build disaster resilience in Werribee Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said today.

Launched by Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, the strategy is the first of its kind for any Australian state emergency service and will guide Victorian SES members on how best to work with local communities.

Tim Pallas MP said the strategy provided an important framework to help prepare local resident before, during and after an emergency.

The strategy will guide Victorian SES members on delivering programs that are community driven, including outreach with schools, businesses, sporting clubs, neighbourhood houses and local government.

The strategy also aims to prepare local residents for when a disaster hits, allowing them to take ownership of the community’s priorities and actions.

This includes practical programs like working with teachers to help them educate their students about how they can increase their awareness and safety during an emergency, or working with local community groups to develop flood plans.

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas

“Every community is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to preparing local residents for disaster.”

“When communities take ownership of their own disaster planning, they are better prepared and recover sooner.”

“The strategy will guide our local VICSES unit to design and deliver the programs our community needs.”