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Emergency Management News
july 2020
WALGA
Issue 7

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:

WALGA Local Government Showcase Webinar - Recovery
WALGA’s Local Government Showcase webinars provide an opportunity to share stories of how Local Governments are innovating to support their communities during COVID-19.

 
The focus of the next webinar is Recovery. It will feature presentations from Shire of Narrogin talking about their 'Narrogin Dollars' project, the Town of Victoria Park discussing the Restart Vic Park Strategy, and information on the City of Mandurah's Restart and Transform initiatives.
 
Date:    Thursday, 30 July
Time:   10:00am to 11:30am

Click here to register for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and a link will be circulated after it airs.

Previous Local Government Showcase webinars have featured a number of presenters from Local Governments discussing their approaches to assisting their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics have included staff redeployment, economic stimulus, communications and maintaining community connected-ness during restrictions. 

The webinars can be viewed on the WALGA website.
For more information, please email the Emergency Management Team.
WALGA’s Climate Resilient Councils Project
WALGA is currently managing a project titled Climate Resilient Councils - Preparing for Impacts of Climate Change, funded under the Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
The project is aimed at strengthening Local Governments ability to be climate resilient in relation to the predicted increased incidence and severity of natural disasters related to climate change – fires, floods and heat waves. The project is overseen by a steering committee with officers from a number of relevant State Government departments.

Stage 1 of the project has been completed, and involved:
  • determining how well WA Local Governments are embedding climate change, disaster management and associated risks into their corporate processes and reporting frameworks
  • benchmarking Local Governments against world leading best practice governance standards, and
  • identifying gaps, barriers and opportunities for each Local Government in incorporating climate change actions into their decision-making frameworks.
The key outcome was an overall report on how Local Governments in WA are embedding climate change, disaster management and associated risks into their corporate processes and reporting frameworks, and individual reports for each Local Government.

Funding is available for projects in Stage 2, which will be responding to the gaps in, barriers to, and opportunities for, each Local Government to carry out climate change actions.

In June this year, WALGA held an interactive webinar to present the results of the Stage 1 study and to provide an opportunity for participants to have an input into the planning of Stage 2, including the projects, training and expert sessions that should be funded. The projects to be funded in Stage 2 will be announced shortly.
For more information, including requests for copies of the reports, contact WALGA A/Manager Environment Policy, Garry Middle on 9213 2049.
Upcoming AFAC Webinars
AFAC, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, will deliver their events program via an online format for the forseeable future.

 
A range of webinars is planned in the coming months, including information on lessons learnt from recent bushfire seasons, land use planning for disaster resilient communities and aerial firefighting.

Additionally, the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience (AIDR) will host their Conference Knowledge Week virtually this year. Knowledge Week will be held over the course of four days, with a variety of sessions and special events.

The core program, featuring the same speakers and presentations identified for the original physical event in Adelaide, will take place in the afternoons. The program also features special free events and networking.

The AFAC webinar program can be accessed here.
Click here for more information on the AIDR Knowledge Week Program.  
WACOSS Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series
WACOSS is launching a series of free webinars about key topics facing the community services sector in WA.
The series, which started this week, will consist of eight weekly webinars running on Wednesdays at 1:00pm.

In this series, WACOSS invites input and engagement from into the initial thinking about what an inclusive plan for recovery needs to look like for Western Australia in order to leave no one behind.

Each webinar will feature a presentation from WACOSS and some of their key partners, followed by opportunities for questions and discussion. Please register to receive some essential pre-reading and the link to the Zoom meeting.
Click here for more information and to register.
Online Workshop - Landscape Fire Smoke: Protecting Health in an Era of Escalating Fire Risk
This two-day online workshop will discuss the latest evidence and policy implications around the effects of smoke from bushfires and planned burns.

 
Managing the interlinked risks of fires and smoke pollution from both planned and unplanned fires is complex. This online workshop will bring stakeholders, scientists, managers and policy makers together to discuss the complexities, science, values and trade-offs in risk management, and the ways forward for land, fire and smoke management in Australia.
Click here for more information and to register.
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 July newsletter can be viewed here.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please email Executive Support Officer, Angela Hennah
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 offering 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 training@walga.asn.au.
Resources
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Emergency Management Training and Events
WALGA Local Government Showcase Webinar - Recovery
Thursday, 30 July

Emergency Management Fundamentals (eLearning)
Available now online
 
AIIMS Awareness (Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System)
Available now online
Member Representation
Month of July
  • Interagency Bushfire Operations Committee
  • Australian Fire Danger Rating System Workshop
  • Bushfire Operations Committee
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Contact
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