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Rural City of Wangaratta

Emergency Preparation for Business

The occurrence of emergency events in and around Wangaratta has historically shaped the district environment and community and business responses. Natural emergency events that may be experienced throughout the region include:

  • Flood
  • Bushfire
  • Storm
  • Drought
  • Heatwave

Your business is crucial to your financial wellbeing and could also provide an important service to your community, so naturally you want to protect what you can. Businesses that prepare for emergencies can minimise their losses. Research has shown that more than 40 per cent of businesses don't reopen after a disaster and nearly 30 per cent close within three years (US National Fire Protection Agency).

This information has been developed specifically to assist businesses to access advisory information to be able to effectively plan, prepare, respond and recover from an emergency event irrespective of the cause.

Whilst most commonly large scale natural emergency events are the most destructive and reported on, individual businesses should also consider what the effects of a man-made disaster (sabotage, fire, theft, random violence and transport incident) or how accident/illness of the business owner or a key staff member may affect operations. The tools throughout this information can provide relevance to any of these events.

This information is constantly subject to revision and is only provided as a guide. For specific advice, you should contact the relevant agencies.

Emergency Management & Recovery Plan

Business Victoria has developed an Emergency Management & Recovery Plan guide and template to step you through the process of creating a solid, well-structured plan tailored to your business.

The plan covers:

  • Continuity planning
  • Risk management
  • Critical business area analysis
  • Scenario planning
  • Insurance
  • Property and infrastructure
  • Business as usual planning
  • Emergency action plan
  • Recovery
  • Finances