Towong Shire

Emergency Management


An emergency is classified as an event which may endanger life, property or the environment. As the closest level of government to the community, Council has a responsibility to plan, respond and assist with recovery in the event of an emergency affecting its community.

Contact Council’s Emergency Management Co-ordinator on (02) 6071 5100.

To stay up to date on the latest information on any active emergency management incidents, please visit Emergency Management Victoria's Vic Emergency website, or download the app for ongoing notifications direct to your smartphone.

Coronavirus / COVID-19

We know this is the last thing our community needs, however we ask that you consider the needs of our most vulnerable residents at this time by following the latest advice to help limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Upper Murray Fires 2020

The Upper Murray fire - also known as the Green Valley or Walwa fire - was ignited by lightning in steep forested terrain in  NSW on December 29 in the Green Valley area. The current fire area is estimated to be more than 300,000 hectares and

Preparing for an Emergency

Bushfire, flood, heatwave and storm events have taught us about the importance of preparation. Council urges every household to plan ahead – it could save your home and even the lives of you or your loved ones.

Emergency Contacts

How to stay informed during an emergency, and who to call for assistance

Preparing for Bushfire

Bushfires are a natural occurrence and it is impossible to totally avoid them; however, as a community, everyone can do their bit to be prepared should a bushfire occur.

Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Places of Last Resort

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) are places of last resort when all other bushfire plans have failed. They are existing locations that may provide limited protection from direct flame and radiant heat, but they do not guarantee safety or survival.

Fire Permits and Restrictions

During the fire danger period, the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 (CFA Act) requires that a permit to burn is required for all fires in the open air in all areas of the municipality regardless of land size or tenure.

Community Information Guides

Community Information Guides have been prepared for the communities of Dartmouth, Eskdale and Mitta Mitta. They provide important directions and information to assist with your personal planning before, during and after a fire.

Preparing for Severe Storms and Floods

Prepare your home and family for storms and floods.

Preparing for Hot Weather and Heatwave

Heatwave is perhaps the most under-rated natural hazard.  Every summer people suffer from heat stress when the body absorbs more heat than it can dispel. 

Emergency Relief and Recovery

Support services in times of emergency.

Municipal Fire Management Plan

The primary objective of municipal fire management planning is the protection of life and property. It is a coordinated approach by a range of stakeholders to discuss, plan and manage fire in the community by adhering to a key tenet of emergency planning — Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

Municipal Emergency Management Plan

Power Outages