ACTIVE RECOVERIES


The February 2021 Wooroloo bushfire burnt over 10,000 hectares and caused extensive damage to properties within the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring. Homes have been damaged and lost, essential services impacted, and social networks affected – resulting in many people in need of support.

The State Government is working with the two affected local governments to help communities recover and rebuild. Here you can find out about Wooroloo bushfire recovery initiatives and access latest news. In addition, general bushfire recovery advice and information is provided.

Gascoyne Flooding.

In addition to the above, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website provides a wealth of information on recovering from a bushfire. We also encourage residents affected by the bushfire to visit their local government website: City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring to access additional support services and information.


Paul Southam, DFES Program Manager, Recovery and Resilience Grants, speaking with affected residents

Are you rebuilding a home or property that was damaged by Cyclone Seroja?

Are you living in Northampton or Kalbarri?

Then join our community meeting about everything you need to know to rebuild – bring your questions and tell us what you’re experiencing.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Master Builders Association of WA, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage want to hear your experiences, answer your questions and provide information to help you rebuild.

When are where?

  • Northampton – Tuesday 7 December
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Northampton Community Centre, 52 Harvey Road, Northampton
  • Kalbarri – Wednesday 8 December
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm and 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Kalbarri Golf Club, Haselby Street, Kalbarri

WHAT YOU CAN DO AFTER AN EMERGENCY?

Experiencing an emergency can be traumatic and exhausting; it’s normal to feel unsettled for a while. Returning to normal life may feel far off, but there are a number of things you can do and people you can turn to for help.

  • Seek support from family and friends, you don’t need to go through this alone.
  • Contact your insurance company, they may be able to help you with crisis accommodation, food and incidentals.
  • If you need to chat or you’re struggling, Lifeline provide crisis support calls on 13 11 14. You can reach them 24/7 or visit the Lifeline website for resources.
  • Look out for organisations such as the Australian Red Cross who may be offering community support and assistance.
  • Before cleaning up after a flood, storm, fire or other emergency, protect yourself and check for hazards.
Gascoyne Flooding.

who can help after an emergency?

There are professionals ready to help you through all aspects of recovery, from assisting with immediate food and shelter needs, to ensuring you get any necessary medical attention.

DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES (DFES)

DFES coordinates services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening people and properties.

Visit DFES

YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

In emergency situations your local Council provides advice to residents and businesses, including support available from other government agencies.

VISIT MYCOUNCIL

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The Department of Health connect the public to health services and information including safety and first aid, emergency contacts and health related news.

Visit Healthy WA

AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

Red Cross volunteers support communities recovering from disasters. They assist with getting help, looking after yourself and copying after a crisis.

VISIT AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

LIFELINE

Lifeline are on call to provide emotional and psychological support to those who are impacted my emergency situations.

VISIT LIFELINE

YOUR INSURER

Contact your insurer to report loss or damage to your property and belongings. Also, check that your insurance contract covers cleaning or repair contractors.

Visit Insurance Council

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR AFTER AN EMERGENCY

HOUSEHOLD CLEANUP

After a flood or storm, small things may be more challenging, such as disposing of waste, reviving spoiled furniture and belongings and dealing with dirt, mould and mildew.

Top Tips

  • Before cleaning up, cover any open cuts and wounds with waterproof dressings.
  • Remove all wet items such as floor coverings and bedding.
  • Spray furniture with disinfectant and dry in sun.
  • Take photographs and make a list for insurance claims.

View more household clean-up tips on the Healthy WA website.

RECOVERING FROM A FIRE

After receiving advice from emergency services that you can return home after a fire, you will want to start getting your home and property back in order as soon as possible.

Top Tips

  • Stay alert and be aware of fallen trees, smouldering stumps and hot spots.
  • Arrange for your utilities to be tested and repaired if needed.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurer to see if you are covered for emergency accommodation if needed.

Alternatively visit HealthDirect for crisis accommodation contacts.

HAZARDS

When cleaning up after a cyclone, flood, fire or other disasters you need to be careful of asbestos, spilled poisons, chemicals and pesticides, mosquitos, snakes and rodents.

Top Tips

  • Do not enter your property until you have been told it is safe.
  • Wear protective shoes, gloves and clothes.
  • Avoid stagnant water where mosquitos may breed.
  • Call 000 if chemicals are spilled.

View more hazard safety tips on the Healthy WA website.

FOOD SAFETY

If you lost power during a flood, fire, cyclone or other emergency, the food in your fridge may go off after two hours.

Top Tips

  • Throw perishable food out if hasn’t been refrigerated for two hours.
  • Wash plates or utensils exposed to floodwater with hot soapy water.
  • Check that your garden veggies/herbs aren’t contaminated before eating.

View more food safety tips on the Healthy WA website.

WATER SAFETY

Drinking water, water tanks and swimming pools can become polluted following a fire, flood or other emergency.

Top Tips

  • Boil water before drinking or cooking.
  • Drain or disinfect contaminated rainwater tanks.
  • Empty or chlorinate swimming pools.

View more water safety tips on the Healthy WA website.

WASTEWATER

Wastewater after cyclones or floods may enter your septic tank and cause your toilet to block up and can cause pungent smells.

Top Tips

  • Clean and disinfect anything contaminated.
  • Call a professional to inspect and repair your system.
  • Call a doctor if you experience any illness.

View more wastewater tips on the Healthy WA website.