Emergency WA website launches to provide real-time emergency updates

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A NEW WA emergency website launched yesterday to provide a live feed of bushfire and other emergency information.

The Emergency WA website has a map of live incidents reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) updated in real time to provide up-to-date emergency advice and safety warnings.

For the first time, the public has access to a live feed of triple-zero calls reported to DFES.

The launch coincided with reports of multiple arson attacks in the Wanneroo area and many prescribed burns across Perth.

An above-average fire risk is forecast for WA.

Along with fire danger ratings and fire bans, Emergency WA will act as a portal to for government departments to share information about prescribed burns, floods, storms, cyclones and hazardous material incidents.

A search and filter feature enables website users to access location-based warnings on mobile phones and other digital devices.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said Emergency WA would not replace eyes and ears on the ground.

“This new website will vastly improve the way we deliver our warnings to communities under threat, for bushfires, cyclones and other emergencies,” Commissioner Gregson said.

“We are delivering more information than ever before, but even the best technology doesn’t replace common sense.

“Sometimes the emergency services will not yet know about a fire threatening your neighbourhood,” he said.

“If you see smoke or flames near you this summer, then that is your warning.

“Please don’t hesitate; take action for your own safety straight away.”

The website was developed in collaboration with the Department Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia.

What you can do to stay informed:

– Stay connected to your community and be bushfire prepared

– Listen to ABC radio bulletins and other emergency broadcasts

– Take action at the first sign of a fire or emergency.

– Visit emergency.wa.gov.au and bookmark the address

– Follow DFES on social media emergency sites in your area.