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Get informed

Do these simple things to help you stay informed when it counts:

  1. Stay alert. This is one of the most important things you can do for your safety. The first time you find out about a fire will often be when you see it, smell it or see firefighting trucks or aircraft. As well as fires, tornados often occur without warning. You may see or hear the wind picking up, or see debris flying through the air. When an earthquake occurs you may feel the earth shaking. All of these are signs that danger is near and that you need to act. This may mean checking other sources of information, or moving immediately to a safer place.
  2. Get connected. Connected communities are safer communities. Stay in touch with neighbours, friends and family, whether via phone, social media or chatting over the fence. Your mum or a friend may ring you to let you know there is a bushfire near you, or a neighbour may mention a cyclone is approaching the coast. This is your warning. Act immediately for your own safety.
  3. Make sure your telecommunications company has your current address. In some circumstances the emergency services will be able to issue a telephone warning. This system uses the service address that you provide to your telecommunications company to find landlines or mobile phones in the area near the emergency. It is your responsibility to keep your address up to date. Find out more about Emergency Alert.
  4. Sign up to receive alerts
    • If you are on Twitter, you can follow @dfes_wa for the latest DFES alerts. You can also receive notifications of DFES warnings by going to @dfes_wa, following it and choosing Settings – Push Notifications.
    • Sign up to receive push notifications to your mobile or tablet in a specific area through the apps provided by organisations that use DFES’ CAP AU or RSS feeds. These include Emergency AUS, DPAW Alerts and National Bushfires. Please be aware that DFES cannot guarantee reliability, speed or availability of these apps as they are not run by DFES.
    • Other organisations such as Local Governments (Shires, Towns, Cities), private companies and others may provide access to other warning systems.
  5. Know that no warning system is foolproof. No matter how you think you might receive a warning, be flexible, sign up through multiple communication channels from multiple sources and never rely on any one source of information. Emergencies can be unexpected, occur suddenly and cause disruptions to power, internet and telecommunications systems. For this reason, DFES recommends you use a range of sources of information during emergencies and make judgements based on your individual circumstances to stay safe.

Do you know of any other great ways to receive warnings? Let us know at media@dfes.wa.gov.au and we will share the best options with the rest of WA.