- Emergency Preparedness Report concludes greater community preparation needed to build State's resilience to emergencies
- Report is a State-wide assessment of Western Australia's preparedness for emergencies
- 2017 report most comprehensive to date with 350 per cent increase in data collected compared to 2016
- Government agencies actively preparing for emergencies
The sixth annual Emergency Preparedness Report has found the State can improve its resilience to emergencies if community members were better prepared.
The report, tabled in Western Australia's Parliament today, found that although emergency management agencies were continuing to do their best, there was a lack of preparedness among members of the community.
The report heard from more than 125 local governments as well as State Government agencies or departments, utility providers, and private companies or organisations representing a 350 per cent increase in data collected compared to 2016.
The report, prepared for the State Emergency Management Committee by the Office of Emergency Management, also outlined the importance of mitigation for dealing with the virtually ever-present threat of bushfires throughout the State.
It concluded that not all mitigation incurred large expense and should be based around partnerships, co-operation and co-ordination with industry, businesses, the community and individuals alike.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
"This report provides the State with a good basis to understand the risks it faces and the actions that could be taken.
"It has highlighted that although agencies are doing their best, particularly emergency responders, there needs to be greater individual responsibility taken.
"This report identifies the risks each region faces and the State has a role to play in reducing those risks, but in many cases it comes down to the individual action taken to be prepared for an emergency.
"We cannot continue to put more and more reliance on emergency service responders to help in an emergency, particularly in an increasingly dryer climate.
"There are many risks outlined in the report, but bushfire remains the number one risk for most of us.
"Mitigation is key to reducing that risk as well as having a plan in place about what you would do in an emergency situation."
Comments attributed to State Emergency Management Committee chairperson Dr Ron Edwards:
"The theme of this year's report is the need for a communal commitment to preparing for emergencies.
"This theme becomes evident throughout as the data shows that emergency management agencies continue to do their best, as do those in support roles.
"Encouragingly an already mature and co-operative sector has further consolidated and enhanced service delivery, but their reach and influence can only go so far.
"Emergency services will be there in times of crisis.
"So, too, should we be able to rely upon industry, business, communities and individuals to do their part in mitigating known problems and preparing for the next emergency.
"This is the only practical path to catalyse change if we are to achieve our vision of a safer and more resilient State."
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