Be prepared for natural disaster recovery this season

Published on:
Monday, 2 October, 2023
Emergency Management

As the high threat season of bushfires, cyclones, storms, and floods fast approaches our State, now is the time for Local Governments to get on the front foot and be well-prepared for a possible natural disaster. 

The ‘Supporting recovery following natural disasters’ webinar, hosted by WALGA and delivered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will be held on Tuesday 10 October from 10:30am-12pm. 


What to expect 

This webinar is suitable for Senior Local Government officers involved in disaster preparedness across Western Australia to ensure a clearer understanding of the support and response available to manage disasters and how to access it.  

Hear from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Bureau of Meteorology who will share insights on: 

  • State Recovery 

  • Recovery Funding  

  • NEMA Role and Function  

  • How to understand community needs in times of disasters 

  • Lessons learnt from past natural disasters 

  • The ways disaster response is evolving 

Hear from DFES Assistant Commissioner, Resilience and Recovery, Kate Vivian regarding the role, function, and structure for State Recovery, how the State Recovery Team will work across the various levels of government, and impacted communities to provide support. 

Tim McNaught, Director Recovery Funding will discuss changes to the delivery of Recovery Funding in Western Australia, upfront payment structures to support cash-flows of local government and engagement processes with the Recovery Funding Team. 

Lorraine Trethewey, Director Recovery Programs (NSW and WA) at NEMA will provide an overview of the role of NEMA in developing partnerships, supporting the recovery of communities following natural disasters and will provide an update on the current reviews being undertaken by NEMA into Recovery Funding. 

Plus, the Bureau of Meteorology will share a look at the season ahead, and attendees will have the chance to engage in a Q&A session facilitated by WALGA to provide feedback on Recovery Funding. 

This is a valuable opportunity to get up-to-speed on developments in disaster and recovery to help plan for the season ahead.  

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