The Shire of Bridgetown – Greenbushes has a very active Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) with Councillors and staff from the Shire, staff from the Police Service, Dept of Environment and Conservation, Department of Communities, Department of Health, FESA and local businesses together with volunteers from St John Ambulance, Red Cross, Fire and Rescue Service, SES and Bush Fire Brigades all contributing to making our community safer.
What Does the LEMC Do?
The LEMC meets bi-monthly to discuss how emergency services and support organisations in the Shire can prevent some emergencies from occurring, best prepare in the event of an emergency and how the community can recover and return to ‘business as usual’ after such an event.
The LEMC has developed the following documents for help guide emergency services personnel in the event of an emergency.
- Local Emergency Management Arrangements
- Emergency Evacuation Plan
- Local Recovery Plan
Copies of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements can be inspected at the Shire Office during business hours.
What Does Council do to Prepare for Emergencies?
The Shire of Bridgetown – Greenbushes undertakes the following to help reduce the incidence and severity of emergencies and the effect that it has on the Community.
- Undertakes drainage maintenance projects to reduce the risk of local flooding
- Undertakes hazard reduction programs on Council reserves to reduce the risk of large fires from occurring.
- Inspects properties to ensure that they comply with the Shire’s Firebreak Order
- Assesses road designs in heavy haulage routes to reduce the risk of heavy vehicle accident from occurring.
- Administers and supports 10 Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades and the local SES unit.
- Commencing the Rural Street Numbering Project to ensure that Emergency Services can locate your property quickly at a time of need.
Assistance for People with Special Needs
The Shire is compiling a database of residents that due to medical conditions may require assistance in evacuating if an emergency was to occur in their area. If you believe that you will require assistance, please the Shire on 9761 1555 to register your details.
If you would like any further information on what the Shire is doing in the field of Emergency Management, you can contact the Shire’s Emergency Services Management Officer on 97611711.