The Risk and Resilience section of the OEM is responsible for developing a comprehensive risk profile for Western Australia, a comprehensive capability profile and for networking and sharing the knowledge across all Emergency Management districts such that resilience to disasters is enhanced.
The section is presently building a comprehensive risk profile at State, District and local scale, analysing the risks that the State faces from the 27 hazards prescribed in Emergency Management Legislation. The section also coordinates development and reporting against the State's 46 indicator Capability Framework, which identifies the skills and capacities required across agencies to combat the risks. Presently information is collected on a yearly basis from over 160 agencies and this is compiled in to the annual Emergency Preparedness Report, tabled in parliament each year.
The Regional Services branch of the Risk and Resilience section focuses on building and promoting resilient, integrated and productive EM networks across WA, so that the impacts and costs of emergencies are reduced. It does this through a range of District Advisors embedded across the State. These officers coordinate and facilitate the transfer of Emergency Management knowledge such that Local Governments, Local Emergency Management Committees and District Emergency Management Committees better understand their risks and develop appropriate capabilities across the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery spectrum that reflect the risks so that resilience is built in a distributed fashion.
District Emergency Management Advisors (District Advisors) promote an integrated, community centred approach to emergency management at the local and district level while ensuring that state-wide relationships, coordination and priorities are developed.
District Advisors are currently based in Broome, Geraldton, Northam, Perth, Bunbury and Albany. While living and working in the regions gives District Advisors an explicit and intimate understanding of local and regional issues, by working at state level, District Advisors have access to a wide network of contacts across the State to support the coordination of emergency management.
District Advisors promote the understanding of local and regional emergency management issues through their role as emergency management specialists. District Advisors are an important conduit between local government and organisations involved in emergency management and the Office of Emergency Management.
District Advisors assist in building local and regional networks by:
Providing advice on policies and guidelines and offering support to local governments, Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) and District Emergency Management Committees (DEMCs) regarding the development and maintenance of local emergency management arrangementsFacilitating consultation with stakeholders and the wider community on the development of emergency management proceduresEncouraging an integrated, all hazards approach to identifying and meeting the emergency management needs of their communityIntroducing key local government contacts to a network of subject matter experts across the stateCoordinating requests for (or by) other agencies to present to LEMCs/DEMCs on key seasonal or regional topicsProviding subject matter expertise on a range of emergency management matters
Midwest-Gascoyne District Ms Jonelle Tyson firstname.lastname@example.org T. 0408 843 907