John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    State prepares for Cyclone Glenda

    30/03/2006 4:39 PM

    The State’s emergency service agencies are working closely with North-West communities to ensure a quick response to Cyclone Glenda.

    Police and Emergency Services Minister John D’Orazio said a response plan was in place to support volunteers and staff from FESA and other Government, private and community agencies in the affected areas.

    “Our priority has been to ensure that these communities are prepared for the cyclone and that we are ready to help them deal with its aftermath,” Mr D’Orazio said.

    “This may include flooding over a wide area of the State, as well as wind damage in the cyclone’s path.

    “In the affected areas, about 200 people - including volunteers and staff from FESA and other community, private and Government agencies - are working to prepare for and respond to the cyclone.

    “A 15-member incident management team is ready to join them and help plan and manage recovery activities in affected communities, if required.

    “Also, two six-person storm strike teams are on standby to assist recovery activities such as managing traffic, conducting headcounts, mopping up, clearing obstacles and providing temporary protection for dwellings.

    “FESA has made arrangements for aircraft to be available to bring in supplies and personnel, or to conduct evacuations if necessary.

    “The State Co-ordination Centre in Perth and SES regional co-ordination centres in Broome, Port Hedland and Geraldton are supporting local efforts.

    “We also have alerted Emergency Management Australia that the Defence Assistance to Civil Community (DACC) program may be required.

    “This program provides Air Force, Navy and Army resources for operations such as medical evacuation and humanitarian work.”

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