Supporting emergency preparedness and resilience among migrant and refugee communities
VCOSS is working with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria to strengthen existing relationships between multicultural communities and emergency services.
By employing a genuinely collaborative model, the Multicultural Emergency Management Partnership ( or ‘MEMP’) is helping communities manage stresses and shocks — including emergencies — through a network of trusted, diverse and connected community leaders.
The program includes not just VCOSS and ECCV, but 11 migrant and refugee community leaders, and representatives of emergency organisations including:
- Ambulance Victoria | Emergency medical response and transport.
- Australian Red Cross | Help before, during and after emergencies and disasters.
- CFA | Volunteer fire fighting for rural and regional Victoria.
- Emergency Management Victoria | Victoria’s lead emergency management agency.
- Fire Rescue Victoria | Fire and rescue services for Melbourne and regional cities.
- Life Saving Victoria | Water safety, swimming, rescue and resuscitation services.
- Municipal Association of Victoria | The peak body for Victorian local councils.
- Victoria Police | Public safety, emergencies, serious incidents, crime, road safety etc
- Victoria State Emergency Service | Volunteer responses to flood, storm, landslide, etc
- Victorian Council of Churches Emergency Ministry | Outreach, psychological first aid, personal support and emotional care
The Multicultural Emergency Management Partnership model provides a unique opportunity to bring together multicultural leaders and emergency services organisations to establish and strengthen relationships. The partnership will facilitate two-way knowledge sharing with the potential to increase the sector’s capability and capacity to effectively engage with the diverse communities that make up Victoria, and to improve outcomes from emergencies.
Andrew Crisp, Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner
- Safer, connected and resilient communities
- Culturally safe
- Inclusive and respectful
- Continuously improving
- Building stronger relationships at local levels
- Developing a stronger understanding of local community strengths and needs.
- Developing relevant and tailored emergency plans and processes
- Providing communities with access to simple and accurate information
- Increasing cultural safety and inclusion in emergency management organisations
We have co-designed a Partnership Model which provides a framework for ongoing collaboration between the emergency management sector and multicultural leaders and connectors.
VCOSS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country. We pay respect to Elders both past and present, and to emerging leaders. Our offices are located on the sovereign, unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.