City of Mandurah looks to raise emergency awareness with ‘Prepare the Peel’

City emergency management coordinator Myra Giardini, emergency management support officer Samantha Edwards, MAPTO  chief executive Karen Priest, Mayor Rhys Williams and Mandurah MLA David Templeman at the launch.
City emergency management coordinator Myra Giardini, emergency management support officer Samantha Edwards, MAPTO chief executive Karen Priest, Mayor Rhys Williams and Mandurah MLA David Templeman at the launch.

THE City of Mandurah plans to raise emergency awareness among visitors to the Peel region, courtesy of a $20,000 grant from the State Government for the Prepare the Peel project.

Emergencies around Australia highlighted the need for travellers to be better informed of emergency alerts, warnings and information systems.

The City’s emergency team is working with Mandurah and Peel Tourist Organisation (MAPTO), the Department of Fire and Emergency services, four local government authorities and accommodation providers from the Peel to deliver the six-month project.

A range of resources will be developed to raise emergency awareness, encouraging visitors to download the free emergency mobile apps Emergency AUS and Emergency +

The two apps help users contact correct emergency services numbers, provide proximity alerts and emergency information and advice.

The apps also provide location information to help in an emergency.

The project focuses on the Peel’s short-term accommodation sector, but the resources are being developed for WA so that Australian and international visitors will be more emergency-prepared and aware.

Mayor Rhys Williams said emergency preparedness was a shared responsibility and benefited everyone.

“As we approach the bushfire season, I encourage the community to get the apps too,’’ he said.

According to Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Prepare the Peel was an important initiative for which the City of Mandurah and MAPTO deserved recognition and a great example of local government leading and collaborating with stakeholders to create a tool focused on increased community safety during emergency or threatening events.

The latest version of Emergency AUS can be downloaded at https://emergencyaus.info/preparethepeel and Emergency Plus can be downloaded from app stores.