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Emergency Management News
may 2020

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 Local Government Showcase Webinars
WALGA's Emergency Management Team is hosting regular webinars which showcase the variety of ways Local Governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Previous webinars have provided information on the new ways Local Governments have delivered services to their communities, how they have connected community members and innovative projects in libraries, youth and communication portfolios. Last week's webinar focused on how Local Governments have redeployed staff to other areas of their organisations.

All previous webinars are available on the WALGA website

The next webinar will  focus on how Local Governments are setting up economic support and stimulus packages to support their local economies.

The Town of East Pilbara and the City of Karratha will present case studies, and WALGA’s Policy Manager, Economics will provide an economic update. 
Click here to register for the WALGA Local Government Showcase - Economic Stimulus, which will run from 10:00am to 11:30am on Thursday, May 21.  
For more information, please email the Emergency Management Team.
Free Emergency Management eLearning 
For a limited time only, WALGA Training will be offering our popular Emergency Management eLearning courses free of charge.
These courses have been constructed specifically to address the fundamental skills required to operate effectively in the Local Government Emergency Management environment.

Due to the current emergency we are experiencing, WALGA is prepared to offer these eLearning courses free of charge from now until Thursday, 31 December.
Emergency Management Fundamentals (eLearning)
Available now online
AIIMS Awareness (Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System)
Available now online.
For more information, or to register visit WALGA Training or email
LGIS Advice for Returning Workplaces
The Local Government Insurance Scheme (LGIS) has provided an information page on considerations for Local Governments when welcoming staff back to the workplace.

The first priority during the COVID-19 pandemic has been crisis response with an emphasis on health and safety, essential services and mobilising workforces where possible. COVID-19 is no longer an unforeseeable hazard, it's very real and needs to be considered as such.

Australia has been successful in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions are being lifted. Many WA Local Governments are looking to return operations to a 'new normal.'

Local Governments need to ensure they are taking reasonable, practicable steps to mitigate the safety risk associated with the virus during the recovery phase. This will require focus, commitment, leadership and coordination.
Click here to read more. 
WSAA COVID-19 Fact Sheets
The Water Services Association of Australia has developed two COVID-19 fact sheets.
The fact sheets have been developed to help answer questions around drinking and waste water and COVID-19, and have been reviewed by experts.
The drinking water fact sheet can be accessed here. The waste water fact sheet can be found here
DFES Resilience and Recovery Newsletter
DFES provides a quarterly newsletter from the Resilience and Recovery Directorate.
The newsletter aims to provide updates on the portfolio, staff and the activities being undertaken in Resilience and Recovery.

The April newsletter can be viewed here.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please email Executive Support Officer, Angela Hennah.
Rural Aid Community Builders Webinar Series
Rural Aid's Community Builders Series of free webinars provide information on supporting small towns in rural and remote Australia.

The weekly webinars, held at 10:00am (AEST) every Tuesday, will focus on community rebuilding and resilience by bringing fresh ideas to help support communities.

The content is designed to inspire and help prepare for post-COVID-19. Ideas and discussions shared include long-term viability, being resilient in isolation, tourism initiatives, available grants and how to access them, and more.

Peter Kenyon from the Bank of Ideas and a range of guest presenters host the community-building focused webinars.
More information on the webinars is available here.
Emergency Management Training and Events
WALGA Webinar - Local Government Showcase: Economic Stimulus
Thursday, 21 May
Member Representation
Month of May
  • State Emergency Coordination Group 
  • IBOC (Interagency Bushfire Operations Committee)
  • IBOC Fire Weather Subcommittee
  • IBOC Bushfire Research Subcommittee
  • Committee for Animal Welfare in Emergencies
  • Incident Support Groups (ISG)
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