In order to create an Action Plan for your caravan park you should first complete a risk assessment. This will identify all of the relevant risks that apply to your park. Creating an action plan allows you to manage you prepare for an emergency, and what actions should be performed before, during and after an emergency event.
There are 3 sections of the tool that should be completed:
Before an Emergency
There are a number of actions you can take before any emergency to help prepare and make dealing with the emergency easier on you and your occupants. The Caravan Park Emergency Planning Tool provides a list of all-time preparedness recommendations for all caravan parks.
An evacuation plan shows how your caravan park will respond to an emergency in the event that evacuation is required.
The Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010 state that an evacuation plan must be displayed in:
- The caravan park main office.
- Every building in the park that contains communal facilities eg. amenities.
- Any other place determined by the local council.
When developing your evacuation plan there are a number of things you should consider including:
- What will your triggers for evacuation be?
- Who needs to evacuate?
- How much time will it take to evacuate?
- How you will communicate to park residents during an evacuation?
- Where will residents be told to go? This area may be change for different emergencies.
- What equipment you will need during an evacuation? Transportation and equipment to move vans if necessary.
- Where will the vans be moved to if required?
- What evacuation route you will use for different evacuation events?
- Will you require assistance? How will this be arranged? Note that emergency services may be busy with other tasks at the time of an emergency.
In the event of an evacuation, remember that you may not receive a warning at all. If you decide to evacuate your park you
- Advise all occupants about the evacuation and where they need to go.
- Ensure all occupants report to the local relief centre if there is one, so relatives and friends can ensure they are safe.
Emergency Assembly Area
Your emergency assembly area needs to be a safe location for all emergencies. You may find that you need e a different
location for different emergencies. For example, your fire evacuation area may not be suitable for a flood if it is in a low-lying
Your emergency assembly areas should:
- Be signposted and accessible
- Ensure that access is maintained for emergency service vehicles
- Not be located in the car park.
For further information on creating an Evacuation Plan please consult the Evacuation Factsheet.
Emergency Action Plan
The Emergency Action Plan allows for you to apply strategy for the hazards you have identified through your Risk Assessment. You have the opportunity to list treatments or actions that can reduce the risk of each hazard you analysed in your risk assessment.
For each natural hazard type you have added through your risk assessment you can manage your action plan by:
- Listing the actions you will take before a hazard takes place
- Listing the actions you will take during a hazard
- Listing the actions you will take after a hazard
The following fact sheets can be used to help create your action plan for Natural hazard types:
Public Health and Safety
For each Public Health and Safety hazard type you have added through your risk assessment you can manage your action plan by:
- Listing the different types of public safety or public health hazards that could occur at your caravan park as well as the treatments you will use to reduce the risk.
The following fact sheets can be used to help create your action plan for Public Health and Safety hazard types: