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  • Event: NSW Bushfire Emergency November 2019

    Thursday, 14 November 2019 5:15 PM

    EMPLOYEE UPDATE #2

    This information is provided so that employees are informed about employment arrangements, Council operations and actions during emergency or business continuity situations.  Supervisors are responsible for printing or communicating this information to employees without email access.

    Situation

    The Mt Nardi National Park Fire, still out of control with over 4948ha burnt, has been downgraded from Watch And Act to Advice Level.  The fire is in inaccessible areas of the National Park and will continue to burn.  However, it could escalate at short notice.  While the immediate threat to life and property has reduced, the fire threat has not.  Please remain vigilant and report any fires immediately to 000 and monitor the RFS Bush Fire Danger Ratings on a daily basis.  These conditions will face our community over the next few weeks and months until we receive decent rain.  As part of this fire is in the Tweed area of Doon Doon/Commissioners Creek there is an Emergency Evacuation Centre opened at Uki Public Hall (1462 Kyogle Road, Uki).

    Council has convened its Crisis Management Group to continue preparations should the Tweed LGA become more affected.  All other Council services are currently business as usual at this stage.

    Information for employees

    There is no further update from the last employee advice.  Additional safety and smoke related health information has been distributed via All Recipients email with supervisors responsible for communicating it to staff without email access.

    Staff that might be seeking to volunteer to support emergency services will need to meet the Volunteer Leave provisions (paid from sick leave up to 5 days).  Please review the protocol attached and seek approval from your Manager.

    Attachments included with this advice are:

    • Leave – Emergency Services
    • Leave – Emergency (Attendance at work during times of flooding or other emergency)
    • Health advice communication from the Work, Health and Safety Team regarding smoke/air quality

    Action required

    No change to previous advice.

    General information


    Next employee update anticipated

    No further employee updates are planned unless conditions change and the Crisis Management Group re-convenes.

  • Event: NSW Bushfire Emergency November 2019

    Wednesday, 13 November 2019 10:00 AM

    EMPLOYEE UPDATE #1

    This information is provided so that employees are informed about employment arrangements, Council operations and actions during emergency or business continuity situations.  Supervisors are responsible for printing or communicating this information to employees without email access.

    Situation

    Due to the NSW Bushfire situation across the state, a Watch and Act is currently in place for an out of control bush fire burning in the Night Cap National Park. Communities most at risk include Doon Doon, Huonbrook, Main Arm, Upper Main Arm, Goonengerry, Wilsons Creek, Wanganui, Federal and surrounds. PLEASE NOTE:  As part of this fire is in the Tweed area of Doon Doon/Commissioners Creek there has been an Emergency Evacuation Centre opened at Uki Community Hall from 9am this morning.

    Council has convened its Critical Incident Response Team to consider preparations should the Tweed LGA become more affected.

    All other Council services are currently business as usual at this stage.

    Information for employees

    Safety is our primary concern for staff and families. During severe weather events such as this we understand that staff will be focused on the impact to their home and families. It is important that you:

    • Consider travel routes to and from work. Staff should consider their route to and from work if their property is near a hot spot area.
    • Review Emergency Leave Protocol provisions (Protocol attached to this email). Councils emergency leave provisions are enacted where there is a physical barrier preventing staff from attending work and where there is no alternate route.
    • Make appropriate leave arrangements if you need to stay at home but do not meet with above provisions.
    • Review Volunteer Leave / RFS Service. Staff that meet the Volunteer Leave provisions (paid from sick leave up to 5 days) need to review the protocol and seek approval from their Manager.
    • Safety re: smoke/air quality: staff on asthma plans or suffer from respiratory issues need to advise their supervisors to consider alternate work options.

    Action required

    • Employees (with approved working from home options) should discuss with their supervisor, to take equipment home/prepare for remote working conditions if enacted.

    General information


    Next employee update anticipated

    Not expected unless conditions change and Critical Incident Response Team convenes, possibly Thursday.