As our climate and local environments change, we are facing dangerous and unpredictable hazards all around us. Wherever and however emergencies arise, our best defence is being as prepared as possible.
At DFES, we help WA to be safer and stronger in the face of both natural and man-made hazards. We work with communities across our state to build and support local resilience to a wide range of hazards.
Bushfires are unpredictable and threaten rural and metropolitan areas every year. Indecision is the single biggest killer. So plan for the safety and survival of you and your family with an important five minute chat.
Most household fires are accidental and preventable, yet people sadly die every year. Install smoke alarms and prepare an escape plan to help protect your family and property.
Fire in small and large businesses can destroy livelihoods and cause injuries and fatalities. Protect your business by maintaining site security, installing alarms and extinguishers and promoting a safety culture.
Strong and frightening winds can cause injury, loss of life, major structural damage, disruption of utility and telecommunications services, flooding rains and dangerous debris.
Dangerous storms are our most common natural hazard. They’re unpredictable and may threaten people, animals, property and the environment through tornados, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds.
WA's tsunami threat is lower than those in our neighbouring countries, but we remain vulnerable as we are close to an active earthquake area. Consequences in WA could include dangerous coastal flooding, rips and currents, and water travelling up river systems and estuaries.
Unlike other natural hazards, earthquakes can happen anywhere and at any time, without warning. They are capable of causing major damage to buildings and road, and loss of life, so you should know what to do to stay safe when the ground starts shaking.
Exposure to some hazardous materials (HAZMAT) can cause serious injury or be fatal. HAZMAT incidents can involve explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and gases, poisons, corrosive substances, radioactive materials and infectious materials. Your immediate response must be to warn people close by, evacuate the area, and call 000.
After human safety, we have a duty of care to prepare for our animals’ welfare and safety in case of disaster or emergency. This includes taking all reasonable measures to provide food, water, shelter and injury treatment.
One of the best things you can do in an emergency is to stay informed about your level of risk. DFES has a range of warning systems that give you the best available advice to follow. Remember that no warning system is foolproof, and emergencies can be unpredictable so you should always be prepared to act when at risk.