Swan Hills MLA full of praise for new Emergency WA website

Swan Hills MLA full of praise for new Emergency WA website

SWAN Hills MLA Frank Alban has praised a new statewide emergency website that will provide a live feed of bushfire and other emergency information.

Mr Alban said the new $2.8 million website, launched yesterday , reflected the State Government’s commitment to providing the community with accurate and timely information during emergencies.

“With the Parkerville fires in 2014, I am happy with any assistance for the constituents in the Swan Hills electorate,” he said.

“The multi-hazard Emergency WA website will give people better access to emergency information and critical community warnings, including map-based warning areas.

“The site will also deliver a live feed of emergency incidents reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), meaning people will find out about a fire has soon as it is reported to triple zero.”

Mr Alban said the Emergency WA website was a cornerstone of the Are You Ready bushfire campaign, which aims to spread the message that preparing for bushfires is a shared responsibility, and everyone needs to play their part.

“This year’s campaign features Peel region resident Steve Angel who lost his home in a bushfire in 2007, then re-built to a standard that ensured he was bushfire ready,” Mr Alban said.

“When another fire swept through his area last summer, Mr Angel’s new home escaped unscathed.

“Steve’s story highlights the critical importance of people ensuring that their family and their property are prepared for out of control bushfires that can strike at any time.”

Are You Ready is a collaboration across Government, with Western Power a major supporter as part of its strong commitment to bushfire preparedness and community safety.

For the latest community warnings and information about how to prepare for bushfires, visit emergency.wa.gov.au

The Emergency WA website replaces the alert and warnings pages on the DFES and Parks and Wildlife websites and is integrated with information from the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia.