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OEM releases emergency risk management local government handbook​


23 May 2017


The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched the WA Emergency Risk Management Local Government Handbook. The handbook is intended specifically for use by local governments around the State to facilitate risk management and to develop emergency management plans. 


Background 


​​As the State grows, there is an increasing need to identify and mitigate the significant risks posed from the 27 hazards prescribed in legislation. As a result, the OEM’s Risk and Resilience team has been gaining a comprehensive understanding of the risks the State faces at a state, district and local level. In order to ensure the risks are assessed consistently, the Risk and Resilience team has developed The Western Australian Emergency Risk Management Guide, which tailors the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG) to the Western Australian context. At a local level, the risk assessment process is being rolled out in 2017. In accordance with State Emergency Management Policy Statement 3.2.6, local governments are required to assess hazards and risks that their areas face. 


Handbook specifically tailored for local governments


​In addition to the Western Australian Emergency Risk Management Guide, the Risk and Resilience team has also developed a handbook specific for local governments to assist them with the risk assessments. The WA Emergency Risk Management Local Government Handbook outlines all that is required for local governments to meet their emergency risk management obligations. Updates have also been made to the Toolbox, which contains supporting tools and materials. Together, the Toolbox, Guide and Handbook have been developed to aid and assist in the emergency risk management process. To download the Guide, Handbook and Toolbox, visit: ​www.oem.wa.gov.au/thehub/risk-tools.


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