JEMP is dedicated to protecting what we value – people, schools, properties, businesses, reputations and our community. We use a science and knowledge approach based on education, training, moral and ethical practice, our combined experience and we strive for continuous improvement.
An emergency response plan needs to be simple to be effective. This requires comprehensive ground work to anticipate all foreseeable hazards and to develop preventative measures with a collaborative approach incorporating all stakeholders.
The four phases of emergency management are:
JEMP’s Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is a recognised plan which fits within the structure outlined in the Emergency Manual Victoria and the Victorian Government’s approach to emergency management, and is designed to provide guidance during the Emergency Response phase of an event that impacts the Victorian Jewish Community.
JEMP’s ERP describes the immediate actions to be taken following a severe emergency and includes a management structure that interfaces with various agencies, Emergency Service Organisations and community support and resource groups.
In support of JEMP’s Mission, the ERP is designed to coordinate various Jewish and public resources in responding to and recovering from major emergencies affecting the Victorian Jewish community. The target outcome of this is a secure, stable and sustainable environment for those affected by the major emergency.
JEMP’s ERP describes:
1. The membership and contact details of the JEMP Emergency Response Team which includes:
- Team members operating in the field
- JESLO operating at a MECC
- Team members operating in the Emergency Operations Centre
2. The action paths and decision points by way of an Emergency Response flow chart
3. The classification of an event in terms of the following Event Levels:
- No Response by JEMP
- Refer to another agency
- Activation – Full JEMP response
4. Location options for Emergency Operations Centre
Each JEMP Team Member has a role supported by an action worksheet referred to as a Procedure outlines the steps to be performed, the equipment required to perform the role and space for notes. The Procedure details tasks to be performed during each of the following three phases:
- Start-up duties
- On-going duties
- Stand-down duties
5. During the post-event review, the Procedures are reviewed to identify learnings and opportunities for improvement.
6. The final part of the ERP is a lift-out workbook designed specifically for use by the JEMP Commander containing:
- Event Form – documentation placeholder that describes the event as information is received
- Emergency Response Flowchart – presenting decision points and action paths
- Event Phase definition – detailing the three event phases
- JEMP Activation Checklist
- Resource Request Form – detailing items required by response agencies or the Jewish community that can be sources via JEMP contacts
- Event Summary Form
7. JEMP’s ERP is supported by a companion document known as Contacts Reference and contains reference information including:
- Community structure
- Communal resource list (eg accommodation, catering, clothing, counselling etc)
- Organisational contact list
- List of Jewish community contacts (eg rabbis, burial societies, etc)
- Contacts of overseas Jewish communities
- List of various support agencies