Emergency Management

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.

The LEMC meets at least 4 times a year 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.

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.

It’s important to plan ahead for emergency situations, especially if you live in areas prone to natural disasters. It could save you and your family’s life. This link provides you with simple advice and directs you to resources where you can find practical actions to prepare for and cope during a range of emergencies.

How You Can Prepare

Over 90% of WA is bushfire prone and bushfires can start anytime. Creating a bushfire plan can take just 15 minutes and is the best way to keep you and your house hold safe.

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