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Emergency Management News
january 2020
Issue 1

Happy New Year! We are keen to hear more from our Members so that we can showcase initiatives, learnings and case studies to further support the sector in their activities before, during and after an emergency. We encourage you to get in touch via email, and share what you are doing to create and support resilient communities throughout WA.

In this issue...

Resources, upcoming events and contact:

$1.1m Jandakot Fire Station First to Feature Firewise Garden
The Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade’s (JVBFB) new home is not just a shed for storing fire trucks but a high-tech training and communications hub for volunteers in Cockburn’s rural east.

City of Cockburn Fire and Emergency Management Officer, Janaya Meneghini; Chris Ferreira (Forever Project); City of Cockburn Mayor, Logan Howlett; Councillor, Lara Kirkwood; Jandakot VBFB Capt, Jarrad Fowler; City of Cockburn Rangers & Community Safety Manager, Michael Emery; and City of Cockburn Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, Shane Harris.

The new $1.1 million facility includes a communications room to track volunteers’ locations during deployment, plus an incident management station equipped with a Western Australian Emergency Radio Network (WAERN) base station.

The new 625sqm facility replaces a 1988-built 15m x 15m farm shed, enabling the 53-year-old brigade to securely store its 12.2 litre Bulk Water Tanker, a 3.4 litre Urban Tanker, a light tanker plus support vehicle and trailers in a purpose built 225sqm bay.

In a first for WA, the station is surrounded by a Firewise native garden designed to increase its protection against bushfire, and inaugural workshops to share this knowledge with the community are planned for the coming winter.

The FireWise garden was installed by the Forever Project. The plants are natives that do not build up high fuel loads or release large amounts of volatile organic compounds, so are naturally resilient to heat from fire, limiting their ability to burn and create additional embers that could endanger the station. The garden features over 20 tonnes of recycled bricks, tiles and metal that helps to create a safe and welcome respite for staff, as well as stand as an important  educational resource for local residents keen to reshape their own landscapes.

Funding for the Banjup facility on the corner of Liddelow and Oxley roads, includes $570,000 from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the remainder contributed by the City of Cockburn.

The Forever Project will create their next demo FireWise garden with the Shire of Denmark in April. 
Click here for more information on the fire station. The Jandakot Fire Station Firewise Landscape flyer can be accessed here
Donations for Bushfire Affected Areas
The unprecedented fires so far this season have led to significant property losses and human impact in many communities in Australia’s eastern states. 

WALGA has been contacted by a number of Local Governments who would like to make donations in support of their counterparts in affected communities. 

WALGA has compiled a list of organisations who are accepting donations to provide aid to firefighting efforts, or to disaster relief and recovery. Some of these organisations provide the opportunity to donate directly to fire brigades. 

This list is not exhaustive and Local Governments and individuals are encouraged to research further if they would like to donate to specific causes not listed below, such as wildlife rehabilitation.  

State Fire Services and Brigades

NSW - The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) provides the ability to donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific brigades. 

VIC - To donate to the State’s Country Fire Association, or to a specific brigade, click here

QLD - QLD Fire and Rescue advise that donations of both money and items can be made through Givit 

SA - In South Australia, the Country Fire Service accepts donations through the CFS Foundation 

Disaster Relief Funds
For more information, please contact the WALGA Emergency Management Team.
DRAFT Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies Guide and Template - Open For Comment
The Draft Guide and Template was developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) as a result of the inaugural WA Local Government Animal Welfare in Emergencies (AWIE) Workshops.

The AWIE workshops were held in August 2019 and attended by more than 100 participants. The workshops introduced participants to the importance of considering animals and their welfare in emergencies, highlighting the unique and sometimes challenging issues that arise.

The Draft Guide and Template has been prepared to assist Local Governments to develop a Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies (PAWE) that is relevant to their area of responsibility, the risks they face and the community they support.  

The Guide and Template will provide support in development of a Local PAWE, and Local Governments will be encouraged to use the guidance to develop a PAWE that best suits their needs.

Local Governments are invited to provide comment on any aspect of the Guide and Template by Tuesday, 18 February. 

Click here to access the Guide and Template.
Please send feedback to WALGA Senior Policy Advisor Emergency Management, Evie Devitt-Rix via email or telephone 9213 2082.
Expression of Interest - Harnessing People Power: Increasing Local Government Support for Volunteers Event
WALGA will be hosting a full-day event on Harnessing People Power: Increasing Local Government Support for Volunteers on Tuesday, 24 March in the Perth metropolitan area.

Volunteers assisting at a Shire of Harvey recovery event.
The event will provide information to assist Local Governments to effectively support, direct the efforts of, and grow the community volunteer resource. The event will showcase a number of approaches that Local Governments from across the State are using to successfully engage with volunteers. 

Case studies will focus on volunteering programs in environment and sustainability, however the general principles of overcoming the barriers to volunteering, nurturing partnerships and retaining volunteers will apply to many volunteering areas. Information on directing volunteer effort following bushfires, including assistance for affected residents, wildlife rescue and landscape recovery, will also form part of the event. 
Please indicate your interest by emailing the Environment Team. More information can be accessed on the WALGA website. Please note the final program and online registrations will be available in February.
DPIRD Release Fact Sheets to Assist Animal Owners and Carers to Prepare for Emergencies
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is responsible for the State-level Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies (PAWE), the State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies.

Local Governments are encouraged to have a Local PAWE to support their communities to prepare for, and respond to hazards they face. DPIRD has developed a Draft Local PAWE: Guide and Template, currently out for consultation with Local Governments, to be made available online in 2020 (see item above).

Owners and carers of animals are encouraged to develop their own PAWE as part of their Emergency Plans for hazards they face. Advice on what to include in an owner or carer PAWE is included in the document Bushfire - Plan for your Animal's Welfare in an Emergency.

The following fact sheets are also available to help owners and carers of animals prepare for emergencies. They are available as both a single sided fact sheet or with the PAWE on the reverse side for printing at home. .
Click here to access DPIRD's Animal Welfare in Emergency Page, or contact the State Animal Welfare Emergency Coordinator for more information.
CPA Australia Release Disaster Recovery Toolkit
The Toolkit is designed to assist small businesses impacted directly and indirectly by a disaster – especially where they do not have a continuity plan, or their continuity plan proves insufficient.
CPA intend the Toolkit to help such businesses take a considered approach to the many elements of recovery following a disaster.

This Toolkit focuses on business issues that CPA recommends those affected by a disaster should consider, and covers:
  • What to do immediately following a disaster
  • Taking stock – guidance on how to analyse and evaluate the state of the business
  • A new business plan – guidance on developing a new business plan to help recovery and how to fund that new plan
  • Long-term disaster recovery – guidance on additional activities that may help a post-disaster business operate better than the pre-disaster business.
The guide provides checklists and templates to assist in the disaster recovery process for businesses, as well as further references that can be reviewed if required.
Click here for more information and to access the Toolkit. 
DFES Resilience and Recovery Newsletter
The DFES Resilience and Recovery Newsletter provides information on the activities of the State Recovery Directorate. 
The Recovery Directorate will circulate the publication quarterly in 2020.
Click here to access the newsletter. 
Animal Welfare in Emergencies Factsheets for Owners and Carers

Emergency WA
 - Alerts and warnings about cyclones, fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, hazardous material incidents and more.

Main Roads WA Travel Map

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA-WA)
Emergency Management Training and Events
Harnessing People Power: Increasing Local Government Support for Volunteers
Tuesday, March 24. Please express your interest by emailing the Environment Team.

Participate in Local Government Emergency Management Preparation - One-day course
Thursday, 5 March 
Monday, 8 June
Monday, 21 September 

Manage Recovery Activities for Local Government - One-day course
Friday, 6 March
Tuesday, 9 June
Tuesday, 22 September 

Local Recovery Coordinator - Two-day course
Monday & Tuesday, 30 & 31 March
Thursday & Friday, 25 & 26 June
Monday &o Tuesday, 26 & 27 October

Emergency Management Fundamentals
Available online

AIIMS Awareness
Available online

Who Should Attend WALGA Training? CEOs, Elected Members, Managers and Officers who would like to enhance their role in emergency management and/or learn more about the recovery requirements for Local Government.
Member Representation
Month of January
  • All Hazards Liaison Group Meetings
  • State Emergency Coordination Group
  • State Exercise Coordination Team
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