Victoria partners with California in new emergency management deal


Craig Lapsley

Victoria forged two agreements in the US this week, which emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley says will promote improved service delivery.

In an effort to share expertise, technical knowledge and training in bushfire and flood management, Victoria and California on Tuesday signed an agreement to create a broad framework for cooperation and support between the two states.

The memorandum of understanding will encourage joint initiatives in emergency management to help individuals, families, communities and businesses that have been impacted by disaster.

Despite sitting on opposite sides of the Pacific, the states share a similar climate, entailing similar challenges during emergencies such as droughts, floods and bushfires.

Victorian Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett and emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley (pictured) met with American officials in Sacramento to sign the MOU.

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