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Emergency Management News
april 2020
Issue 3

We are keen to hear more from our Members so that we can showcase initiatives, learnings and case studies to further support the sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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:

WALGA Emergency Management Webinars - Now Available to View
WALGA's Emergency Management Team has hosted two webinars focused on Local Government case studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. A third webinar will run on Thursday, 30 April. 

The first webinar, held on Friday, 27 MarchCOVID-19 Update for Emergency Management and Environmental Health Officers - focused on providing information to Emergency Management and Environmental Health Officers on how emergency management structures could be utilised by Local Governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Canning, Shire of Capel and City of Perth presented on their Local Government's responses to the challenges of the pandemic so far. Click here to view the webinar.

This week, the Emergency Management Local Government Showcase webinar included the Shire of Bruce Rock discussing the major challenge they experienced at the onset of the pandemic when their grocery store burnt down, the City of Joondalup talking about how they have re-imagined the way they deliver their services through the Emerge Stronger project, and the Shire of Denmark showcasing their Zoom channel, which is connecting their community through the crisis. The webinar can be viewed here.

Slides from both webinars are available below:
Shire of Capel
Shire of Bruce Rock
City of Joondalup
Shire of Denmark

The next webinar Emergency Management Local Government Showcase 2 will feature the Shires of Albany and Augusta-Margaret River and the City of Vincent discussing their Local Government's approaches during the crisis.

Click here to register for the WALGA EM Local Government Showcase Webinar 2, which will run at 12:30pm on Thursday, April 30.  
For more information, please email the Emergency Management Team.
COVID-19 Information and Resources for Local Governments
Western Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictional governments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
WALGA continues to participate in State Emergency Coordination Group meetings, as well as represent on the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), the State Pandemic Control Centre and State Health Incident Control Centre. 

The WALGA website contains information on State Emergency Declarations, the initiatives of Councils across Western Australia to support their communities, business continuity and emergency supply services, and tools, templates and resources. The website also includes the Daily Updates sent to all Local Government CEOs and Elected Members throughout the pandemic. 

All Local Government CEOs have been subscribed to twice-weekly Bulletin updates from the WA Department of Health. The updates are shared on the WA Health website and can be accessed here

Further information on the COVID Pandemic can be found at the following sites: .
For more information, please contact the Emergency Management Team.
2020 Resilient Australia Awards 
The 2020 Resilient Australia Awards are open for submissions. 

The Awards are celebrating 21 years of highlighting initiatives that build resilience and inspire others to act – making communities safer, more connected and better prepared for disasters and emergencies. 

Submissions will be accepted in each State and Territory for business, community, government, Local Government, schools and photography award categories. The winners from each jurisdiction will be considered for National awards. 

The Awards are open to all Australians, including but not limited to individuals, not-for-profit organisations, small and large businesses, all levels of government, schools, education institutions, research bodies, and emergency service agencies.

The Resilient Australia Awards are managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, and proudly sponsored by the Australian Government in conjunction with the states and territories.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm (AEST) on Monday, 18 May via the online platform:
For details and guidelines, visit the AIDR website.
WALGA COVID-19 Microsoft Teams
WALGA has created a Microsoft Teams platform to share information, resources and discussion.
So far, Emergency Management and Environmental Health Officers have been invited to join the team. WALGA would like to invite any Local Government Officers who are interested to join. 
Please contact the Emergency Management Team if you would like to join. 
AIDR Pandemic Collection for Disaster Resilience
A new Pandemic Collection is now available on the AIDR Knowledge Hub, providing useful insights into health emergency and pandemic planning in the context of COVID-19.
The new collection explores the architecture behind pandemic planning and response, bringing together a range of national and state plans as relevant to the disaster resilience and emergency management sector. It also features past pandemic events in Australia, peer-reviewed research from the Australian Journal of Emergency Management and international thinking on pandemic and disaster resilience.

It will benefit the disaster resilience community who are seeking to further understand and contribute to health emergency management in Australia during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The AIDR Pandemic Collection can be accessed here. 
Recording of State Briefing to Sector Webinar - Friday, 17 April
At the webinar on Friday, 17 April, Minister Templeman and WA Library Board Chair, John Day provided an update on valuable library services provided across the State and shared some innovative ways in which libraries were continuing to connect with local communities.
WALGA President, Mayor Tracey Roberts shared the sector's dismay that the Valuer General's revaluations will apply this year and the pressure this will place on Councils, both in terms of budgeting processes and dilution of the impact for those Councils who have determined to apply overall zero percent rates increase.
Click here to view the webinar recording.
Emergency Management Training and Events
WALGA Webinar - Emergency Management Local Government Showcase
Thursday, 30 April
Member Representation
Month of April
  • State Emergency Coordination Group 
  • IBOC Fire Weather Subcommittee
  • Operational Area Support Groups (OASG)
  • Incident Support Groups (ISG)
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