Victoria faces a range of emergency threats throughout the year such as fire, flood, frost and biosecurity incidents. The department works closely with Emergency Management Victoria, other government agencies, agriculture stakeholders and the community to help ensure Victoria can prevent, prepare, respond and recover from any emergency we face.
For the latest information on any emergency in Victoria, visit Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).
Current emergencies and recovery responses
Who's responsible for what during an emergency?
The department's responsibilities in these situations are outlined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.
- Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan - provides the community and emergency agencies with guidelines to ensure the welfare of pets, horses and/or livestock in an emergency while minimising any impact on public safety. Guidelines are also available regarding livestock recovery after an emergency.
- State Biosecurity Sub Plan - provides an overview of the arrangements for the management of biosecurity emergencies in Victoria.
The following template is a useful tool for planning for animal welfare issues arising from an emergency. It has been structured to ensure consistency with the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan and builds on the efforts of Municipal Emergency Management Planning (MEMP) committees and councils to be better prepared for emergencies.
Horses and livestock in emergencies
Prepare early to ensure the welfare of your horses and livestock during emergency events.
Pets in emergencies
Your pets are your responsibility. Plan ahead using this information to help ensure the welfare of your pets during an emergency.