Appendix 16:  Operational Action Plan – Environmental Recovery

Appendix 16: Operational Action Plan – Environmental Recovery

Appendix 16: Operational Action Plan – Environmental Recovery

Environment Recovery Operational Action Plan
Task Description Timeframe Responsible Agency
Activate the Environmental Recovery Team:

·         Identify a suitable venue for operations and meetings

·         Establish meeting and reporting structures

·         Consider additional contacts/support agencies that may be required

·         Establish situational awareness and provide initial advice regarding potential environmental impacts to all recovery stakeholders

Immediate Environmental Recovery Coordinator
Conduct risk assessment to affected community 1 to 3 days Environmental Recovery Team
Conduct immediate impact/needs assessment:

·         Assess impact on air, water, land and soil, plants and animals

1 to 3 days Environmental Recovery Team
Establish an impact heat map by mapping the assessments of environmental impacts 1 to 3 days Redland City Council
What are priority needs for the natural environment?:

·         Risks to public health?

·         Safety?

·         Water, food?

·         Containment of contaminants?

·         Rescue of wildlife?

·         Emergency erosion stabilisation?

·         Emergency action for threatened species?

·         Management of stormwater runoff?

·         Restoration of habitat?

1 to 3 days Environmental Recovery Team
Prioritise the safe return of displaced persons to their homes 1 to 3 days Environmental Recovery Team
Undertake actions in accordance with the Redland City Council Public Health Plan. Immediate Redland City Council Health & Environment Unit
Deploy Vector Control Team and Intensive Care Paramedics to assist with infection Immediate Redland City Council, QLD Ambulance Service
Clear and dispose of debris and waste Ongoing Redland City Council
Coordinate the flow of information to the community and manage community enquiries relating to environmental recovery Ongoing Environmental Recovery Coordinator
Communicate planned actions to affected communities, recovery teams and stakeholder groups Ongoing Environmental Recovery Coordinator
Undertake an ongoing risk management process with continuous monitoring of impacts to public health 3 to 7 days Environmental Recovery Team
Conduct short to medium term ecological impact assessments:

·         Assess impact on air, water, land and soil, plants and animals

3 to 7 days Environmental Recovery Team
What are evolving short to medium term needs?:

·         Clean-up of contaminants?

·         Rehabilitation of damaged areas?

·         Ongoing care and management of endangered species and injured wildlife?

·         Response operations damage restoration?

·         Management of ongoing erosion?

·         Prevention of further contamination—weeds invasion, fungal disease from response/recovery  operations?

·         Restoration of social amenity for community wellbeing?

·         Recovery of damaged natural resources?

·         Recovery of business with environmentally relevant activities

·         Recovery of business that sell food stuffs

3 to 7 days Environmental Recovery Team
Restoration of social amenity elements essential for community wellbeing 3 to 21 days Redland City Council
Clear and dispose of debris and waste 3 to 21 days Redland City Council and waste contractors
Contain and dispose of hazardous waste, i.e. asbestos 3 to 21 days Environmental Recovery Team
Assess for contamination of stagnant water and vector control 3 to 21 days Redland City Council
Reduce environmental hazards/risks  – ensure integrity of sewerage treatment and water supplies 3 to 21 days Redland City Council
Provide wildlife rescue services 3 to 21 days Wildlife Rescue Groups through Indigiscapes
Identify and notify owners of deceased animals and dispose 3 to 21 days Redland City Council
Monitor and manage public health advice, safety and disease control Ongoing Redland City Council
Coordinate the flow of information to the community and manage community enquiries relating to environmental recovery Ongoing Environmental Recovery Coordinator
Communicate planned actions to affected communities, recovery teams and stakeholder groups Ongoing Environmental Recovery Coordinator
Conduct review of short to medium term actions:

·         Are priority needs being met?

·         Were any missed in immediate and short-term assessment or have new actions emerged?

Beyond 21 days Environmental Recovery Coordinator
Conduct long term needs assessment:

·         Assess impact on air, water, land and soil, plants and animals

·         Assess long-term ecological impacts/implications – beach erosion, land regeneration, contamination, catchments, conservation, biodiversity

Beyond 21 days Environmental Recovery Team
Identify opportunities to improve the natural environment during reinstatement:

·         Are there opportunities to improve/upgrade amenity and/or ecosystems from previously degraded conditions?

·         Are there opportunities to restore natural environment elements to be sustainable and more resilient to future events?

Beyond 21 days Environmental Recovery Team
Support the restoration of eco-tourism infrastructure Beyond 21 days Environmental Recovery Team and Economic Recovery Team
Rehabilitate and recover damaged natural resources Beyond 21 days Redland City Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife, other land holders
Ongoing care and management of endangered species and injured wildlife Beyond 21 days Wildlife Rescue Groups through Indigiscapes
Restore social amenity elements essential for community wellbeing Beyond 21 days Redland City Council
Explore need and opportunities for creating ongoing local environmental support networks Beyond 21 days Environmental Recovery Team
Identify opportunities to improve the natural environment during reinstatement – improve/upgrade amenity and/or ecosystems from previously degraded conditions, restore natural environment elements to be sustainable and more resilient to future events Beyond 21 days Environmental Recovery Team
Work with affected communities to determine appropriate timing and strategies for transition from recovery to normal services Beyond 21 days Environmental Recovery Team
Coordinate the flow of information to the community and manage community enquiries relating to environmental recovery Ongoing Environmental Recovery Coordinator
Communicate planned actions to affected communities, recovery teams and stakeholder groups Ongoing Environmental Recovery Team