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 Emergency Preparedness

Western Australia faces a range of natural and manmade hazards, many of which have the potential to threaten life, cause injury, impact businesses and damage both property and the environment.

Whilst natural disasters cannot be prevented there are steps that residents can take to better prepare themselves and their property. 


Each year from May to October, storms including tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds impact Western Australia, potentially causing major destruction. As storms are unpredictable, felt locally and happen in smaller areas their devastating impact is often underestimated.

Storms not only cause damage to homes, property and businesses, they also pose a threat to people, animals and the environment.

The financial and community cost can be lessened with better planning and by preparing your home and family to stay safe and reduce the damage. Click here to download the DFES Preparing for Storms brochure.

To keep informed about the latest weather information visit or call 1300 659 213.


Every year people die in house fires; most die from inhaling toxic smoke and dangerous fumes. Sadly, most household fires are accidental and preventable. A fire can engulf an entire room within four minutes.

If a fire starts in your home, never beat the fire as this increases oxygen flow and causes it to spread. Leave and call triple zero (000) immediately.

Download the Fire Safety in Your Home Guide.

Business Continuity

Every business at any time can experience an event that may prevent it from continuing normal business operations. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are processes that help organisations prepare for disruptive events; whether those events are a natural disaster, a power outage or an outbreak of influenza that decimates staff numbers.

The Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Workbook provides a step by step process for the development of a continuity plan. This workbook has been developed with small and medium businesses in mind.

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Fire Prevention