Self-preparation is the community’s best chance of reducing its danger risk, according to members of the peak regional body for emergency management.
This announcement came from the combined South West and Peel District Emergency Management Committees held in Bunbury last week.
The group includes key people from the emergency services, utilities, health and welfare agencies, and they meet regularly to plan for emergencies.
South West acting Supt Geoff Stewart said while emergency services groups were doing their preparatory work along with the volunteer and career emergency services, the community had the best chance to limit its exposure to risks, such as bushfire.
“The biggest challenge our group faces is not whether our agencies are ready, because they are,” he said.
“It is regularly demonstrated that some sections of the community are not serious about reducing the risk to themselves and ultimately, the community.
“Reducing that risk is crucial, easily done, it ensures a safer community and WA Police appeals to everyone to do their bit as we enter a high-risk fire season.
“Help us help you,” he said.
South West Department of Fire and Emergency Services acting Supt Chris Widmer said it was common for people who were affected by emergencies such as bush fires to be surprised they were in the path of something that could kill them and destroy everything they owned.
“Community resilience is the product of risk awareness, the acceptance of responsibility and any work that is done to lower the exposure to risk,” Mr Widmer said.“The key element is that people seek advice on what level of risk does exist in their community and property.”