The Emergency Management (EM) sector in WA is highly functioning, collaborative and cooperative. There is a growing understanding about the risks that will be faced and realism about the capabilities that can be mobilised to confront them.The sector is well equipped to deal with most ‘business as usual’ events. There is a developing acceptance and understanding of the need to improve the recovery process.Agencies are actively preparing for the onset of major emergencies.Agencies identify and seek to solve issues as they arise. This includes improved internal procedures and processes; and strengthening and broadening cooperation and sharing.Proactive (mitigation) and post incident (recovery) funding can be insufficient or difficult to access. As the magnitude and scale of an emergency increases, the effectiveness of the response diminishes. There is a capability gap between where we are as a state and where we need to be. The next big challenge will be to broaden the preparedness message with better engagement and reach into the community.