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Emergency Management

Our Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) exists to manage community related emergencies. 

The LEMC consists of representatives from:

  • The City of Bayswater
  • Local police (Morley and Bayswater Police Stations)
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Service Authority (DFES)
  • State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Department of Communities
  • Three community representatives.

The Committee meets on a regular basis to plan strategies to help prevent emergencies occurring and to be prepared when they do occur. Part of this preparation is emergency exercises to test the efficiency of operational procedures by agencies responding to an emergency, and to make improvements where necessary.

The LEMC conducts an approach to emergency management (that is abbreviated to PPRR):

  • Prevention
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery.
Prevention

Prevention activities eliminate or reduce the probability of a specific hazard. They also reduce the degree of damage likely to be incurred.

The City, in conjunction with the LEMC, promote measures to prevent or minimise the effects of emergencies within the municipality.

This includes the enforcement of Legislation and Local Laws relating to Town Planning, Building, Fire Control and Environmental Health.

Preparedness

Preparedness activities focus on essential emergency response capabilities through the development of plans, procedures, organisation and management of resources, training and public education.

The City and Statutory Authorities promote preparedness for emergency situations by:

  • Preparing Plans
  • Training emergency service personnel
  • Fostering volunteer emergency service groups
  • Liaison and exercises between emergency services
  • Public awareness programs.
Response

Response activities focus on:

  • The effects of the event
  • Provide emergency assistance for casualties
  • Help reduce further damage
  • Speed recovery operations.

The City will make its staff and resources available in response to emergency situations. The Local Emergency Management Arrangements detail the general response by the City.

Recovery

Recovery activities support emergency affected communities in the reconstruction of physical infrastructure and the restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical well-being. During recovery operations, actions are taken to minimise the recurrence of the hazard and lessen the effects on the community. 

In the event of a large scale emergency or disaster, the full resources of the City, in conjunction with other government departments, will be directed towards rapid restoration of services and facilities. The City actively promotes disaster counselling and welfare services to those in need.

The City of Bayswater Local Recovery Arrangements detail the arrangements of the City in managing the recovery process following an emergency. 

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