In event of an emergency, the main role of the City of Stirling is to manage the recovery of the local community. Find out about the City of Stirling’s emergency management committee and plans.
Western Australia suffers from both natural and man-made disasters and emergencies of various types, all of which have the potential to threaten life and property within the community. During recent years these emergencies have included storms, floods, bush fires, building fires, hazardous chemical spills, serious transport crashes (rail, road and air), suspected terrorist or similar security incidents, and missing people, aircraft and vessels.
Emergency management is a range of measures to manage risks in the community environment. It involves the structures, arrangements and plans established to pull together the efforts of government, voluntary and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to deal with the whole spectrum of emergency or disaster needs.
Western Australia’s emergency management arrangements take a holistic approach to dealing with potential emergencies. This type of approach recognises that, even though specific counter-measures will often vary with different hazards or emergencies, a single set of management arrangements capable of encompassing all hazards can be established.
The City of Stirling’s Local Emergency Management Arrangements describe the management protocols that control and coordinate planning and preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies affecting the community.
Information and Plans
City of Stirling’s role in emergency management
The Emergency Management Act 2005 outlines the roles, responsibilities and organisational structures required to manage emergencies. One of the main roles identified for local government is to manage the recovery of the local community following an emergency or disaster. Recovery involves getting the community back to normal physically, socially and economically as soon as possible after an emergency. The City has a Local Emergency Management Committee, a local Emergency Management Coordinator and Local Emergency Management Arrangements in place to help with this process.
Local Emergency Management Committee
The City of Stirling Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) has been established by the City to:
- Advise and assist the City in ensuring that local emergency management arrangements are established
- Liaise with public authorities and others in the development, review and testing of local emergency management arrangements
- Carry out other emergency management arrangement activities as directed by the State Emergency Management Committee or regulation.
Note: The LEMC is an emergency planning body, and although it will often incorporate members from operational agencies, its role is not operational or one of response.
Members of the City of Stirling LEMC include City of Stirling Councillors and staff, as well as representatives from the Fire and Emergency Services Authority WA, St John Ambulance, WA Police, WA Department of Health, the Stirling State Emergency Service Unit and the Department of Child Protection. The LEMC also facilitates emergency management training and exercises.
Local emergency management arrangements
The City of Stirling through the Local Emergency Management Committee has recently reviewed and completely rewritten the Local Emergency Management Arrangements for the City. The arrangements set out plans dealing with emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in the City.
Community Emergency Risk Management report
The Community Emergency Risk Management (CERM) 2006 report (PDF[MK13] ) was developed in 2006 as a starting point to assist the community in their understanding of and participation in managing emergencies. The report assists in maintaining the validity and currency of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements by identifying risks that could occur within the City, and enables the establishment of and confirmation of existing preventive, preparedness, response and recovery options.
The Local Emergency Management Committee is currently reviewing the community emergency risk management process for the City of Stirling. The review will run from May 2011 to May or June 2012.
A major part of this review will be a survey of over 8000 residents and businesses in the City, to assist in identifying risks from rapid onset natural hazards (storms floods, fires etc.) as well as man-made hazards (road crashes, chemical spills etc.).