The multi-hazard Emergency WA website, launched in October 2016, now enables you to subscribe to alerts relevant to your region.
The new alert feeds, including emergency warnings, Total Fire Bans and Fire Danger Ratings, are available now at emergency.wa.gov.au/#about.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Media and Corporate Communications Director Hannah Tagore said this would enable people to stay informed about conditions in their local area.
“By subscribing to the automated feeds, community members can have the information that is relevant to them delivered straight to their inbox,” Hannah said.
“Warnings are based on the best information available at the time, however people also need to stay alert, pay attention to their surroundings, and check a range of sources during an emergency.
“Emergency WA has already improved the way we deliver warnings and is providing more information than ever before, however it can’t replace common sense.”
Since the introduction of the Emergency WA website, more than 2,000 alerts have been issued and the website has been visited more than three million times. Traffic to the site peaked during the State-wide flooding in February, with more than 300,000 visitors and more than one million views in the week Monday 6 to Monday 13 February 2017.
Other features of the website include:
• a live feed of emergency incidents reported to DFES, meaning you can find out about a fire as soon as it is reported via triple zero (000);
• critical warnings about fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, cyclones and hazardous material incidents;
• warnings and prescribed burns information from DFES, local governments and the Parks and Wildlife Service;
• a map-based home page with search and filter options which makes it easier to find warnings relevant to your location; and
• links to resources and other agencies to help you plan, prepare and recover from natural disasters.
Emergency WA was developed in collaboration with the Parks and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia to improve the delivery of high quality, relevant information to the public during emergencies.
Stay up to date
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Stay connected to your community, get prepared together, talk to your neighbours and stay in touch with family and friends.
• Listen to ABC radio bulletins and other emergency broadcasts in the media
• Take action for your safety at the first sign of a fire or emergency.
• Visit Emergency WA at emergency.wa.gov.au/#about and subscribe to alerts for your area.
• Follow DFES on Facebook and Twitter, and link up with other social media sites relating to emergencies in your area.