Prevention & Preparedness

Preparing yourself and your family

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Emergencies can happen at any time. They can be as large as a bushfire, flood or cyclone or as personal as a death in the family. But the better you prepare for them, the easier it is for you and your family to recover.

RediPlan is a free disaster preparedness guide that will get you prepared for any emergency in four simple steps. RediPlan helps you:

  • learn about the risks you face and how they might affect you
  • make an emergency survival kit to help you through a disaster
  • take action now to protect the important things in life
  • create your personal emergency plan to help you when disaster strikes.

If you haven't prepared and made a plan, an emergency could disrupt your life in ways you don't expect. Get prepared and you'll be more confident, more in control and more likely to cope when disaster strikes.

The shire works closely with not for profit organisations such as Red Cross to minimise the risk to community and to help you prepare yourself and family for emergencies, to find out more click;

 

Firebreaks

Your Legal Requirements

Installing and maintaining firebreaks each year is a legal requirement for all land owners/occupiers within the Shire. Further information on firebreaks and your legal requirements can be found in the Shire's current Firebreak Notice.

The Waroona Community Resource Centre maintains a list of local Firebreak Contractors.

Variation to Firebreak Orders

If you consider you cannot clear firebreaks as required by the Firebreak Notice, you may apply in writing to Council requesting permission to provide firebreaks in an alternative position or take alternative action to comply with the Firebreak Notice.

Look at alternative ways to keep your firebreaks clear, spraying early will save you time and money when it comes time to clear the firebreak area.

For further information on Variation to Firebreak Orders, refer to the Shire's current Firebreak Notice. The Shires Ranger services will be able to assist you through this process.

Bushfire Management Plans

If your property has a bushfire management plan approved as part of a subdivision or planning application, there may be additional firebreak and fuel hazard reduction requirements.

Fuel Hazard Reduction

Hazard Reduction Burning and Permits

There are legal requirements for hazard reduction burning depending on the time of year and type of burning taking place. This may include the requirement to obtain a permit from your local Fire Control Officer, notify certain persons or to abide by specific conditions.  To find out the current burning period, please refer to the Burning Information section.

For information on the requirements of hazard reduction burning, garden refuse burning and who to contact for a permit please refer to the Shire's current Firebreak Notice.

You are required to notify your Neighbour when doing Hazard Reduction burning and to assist your please click on this form to let your neighbours know.

Form – Notification of Neighbours

 

Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) links below provide information on what the different fire danger ratings mean, as well as explaining total fire bans and harvest and vehicle movement bans. For further information please refer to the Shire's current Firebreak Notice.

DFES - Fire Danger Ratings Explained

DFES - Total Fire Bans Explained

DFES - Harvest Vehicle Movement Bans Explained

 

Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fire and Emergency Services along with Parks and Wildlife issue alerts and warnings to inform and keep the community safe during significant incidents threatening lives and property.

To see the current alerts and warnings check these links.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Alerts and Warnings

Department of Parks and Wildlife

Bushfire Alert Information