When nature's fury refuses to let up, these are the minds that map out what the disaster means for the people feeling its wrath.
MAPS-WA was formed last year to help the Department of Fire and Emergency Services continue to map out major disasters and incidents when initial resources are stretched.
The 14 volunteers who make up the unit are all specialists in geographic information systems and, like the State Emergency Service, can be called on day or night.
During the bushfire season, the group uses information such as infrastructure, terrain, fuel loads, water supply and aerial intelligence so they can determine what needs to happen on the ground.
Only WA and the ACT have their own team of map makers.
The original Canberra-based group was formed after the Black Saturday fires in 2003.
MAPS-WA trainer Helen Smith was recently named outstanding volunteer of the year.
She said the unit gave her the opportunity to give back to the community.
"We've had cyclones forming up north and bushfires down south and with that type of distance and scope, you need organisations like ourselves to help run these systems," she said.
DFES deputy commissioner Steve Fewster said the intelligence the unit was able to provide was invaluable.
"Mapping and geographic information is a crucial aspect of managing major emergency incidents," he said.