Local Governments in Western Australia play a significant role in emergency management. Both Commonwealth and State Government policy identify Local Government as a key player in community disaster resilience, preparedness and response. Local Government also have statutory obligations for recovery following an emergency affecting their community. 

Western Australia is subject to a wide variety of hazards that have the potential to cause loss of life and/or damage and destruction.

Effective emergency management arrangements enhance community’s resilience against, and preparedness for, emergencies through strategies that apply prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.

Local Governments are the closest level of government to their communities and have access to specialised knowledge about the environment and demographic features of their communities.
 
WALGA provides policy advice, specialised emergency management service and training tailored to the Local Government sector.  WALGA also conducts monthly interviews with leading emergency management experts and issues a monthly emergency management e-newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, email community@walga.asn.au.

'Green Bag’ Evacuation Flagging

'Green Bag' Evacuation Flagging is an initiative of the State Government’s State Emergency Management Committee. Read more, including frequently asked questions here.