The information on this site is provided to assist the community to better understand emergencies and what to do in the event of an emergency.
Emergency Management involves the plans, structures and arrangements which are established to bring together the activities of government, voluntary and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to deal with emergency needs. The process of Emergency Management involves four phases - prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
There are some very common aspects to help identify the difference between an emergency and a local incident. The impact of a local incident on those affected can be traumatic, however in the broader sense an emergency will:
A local incident is identical in many ways to an emergency, but does not require a significant and coordinated response. It can include, for example, blocked stormwater drains, a tree falling or a dog attack.
If you have any questions about how to be better prepared for a particular emergency you can use the following numbers:
|Bushfire - CFS Bushfire Information Hotline||1300 362 361|
|Speech and Hearing Impaired||TTY 133 677|
|Home Fire - SA Metropolitan Fire Service||1300 737 637|
|Flood and Extreme Heat - SES State Headquarters||(08) 8463 4171|
|Influenza - Influenza Information Hotline||1800 353 282|
|Red Cross REDiPlan and Telecross REDi (for further information)||1800 246 850|
|Earthquakes (for further information)||Visit the SES website|
The South Australian Government has created a new website called "Alert SA" which aims to provide South Australia's first all-hazards emergency warning information system in an online information platform. It brings together social media messages from SAPOL, CFS, MFS and SES. Refer to the AlertSA website for further information.
Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by emergency management agencies.
The system sends voice messages to landlines and text messages to mobile phones within a defined area, about likely or actual emergencies such as fire, flood, or extreme weather events. Refer to the Emergency Alert website for further information.
All State emergencies are governed under the Emergency Management Act 2004. A copy of the Act can be found on the South Australian Legislation website.
The Emergency Management Act 2004 provides the authority for the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP). The SEMP details the responsibilities and strategies of the State Government to manage significant State emergencies.
The SEMP identifies Hazard Leaders and Control Agencies which are responsible for planning and responding to emergencies. Refer to the Emergency Authorities page for further information.
Council is not the lead agency to respond to any emergency, but it has a support role for a range of natural emergencies such as bushfires, floods and severe storms.
In supporting communities to recover from emergencies, Council has an important role in planning and preparing for emergencies and in undertaking activities to mitigate the effects of emergencies.
While Council is not fundamentally in the business of providing emergency services in the local community, there are a number of Council services and functions which form an emergency management function (i.e. prevention, response and recovery). Some of these activities include:
The City of Tea Tree Gully is a member of the Northern Adelaide Zone Emergency Management Committee (NAZEMC), along with the Cities of Salisbury, Playford and Port Adelaide Enfield. The NAZEMC has been established under the State Emergency Management Plan and is responsible for regional emergency management planning.
Council has developed an Emergency Management Plan which outlines what Council will do in the event of a State (declared) emergency. Funding from the Natural Disaster Resilience Program has contributed significantly to the development of this Plan. A copy of the Plan is available at the top of this page (refer to 'Related Information').
Council's after hours contact phone number for local incidents is
(08) 8397 7415.
Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub (past disaster event information, resources etc)
Alert SA (online emergency warning and information system)
Disaster Resilience Education for Schools (Australian Emergency Management Institute)
Disaster Watch (mobile phone app)
Emergency Alert (national telephone warning system)
National Flood Risk Portal Online (hosted by Geoscience Australia)