​​​Risk and Resili​ence

The Risk and Resilience section of the OEM is responsible for developing a comprehensive risk profile for Western Australia, a comprehensive capability profile and for networking and sharing the knowledge across all Emergency Management districts such that resilience to disasters is enhanced.

The section is presently building a comprehensive risk profile at State, District and local scale, analysing the risks that the State faces from the 27 hazards prescribed in Emergency Management Legislation. The section also coordinates development and reporting against the State's 46 indicator Capability Framework, which identifies the skills and capacities required across agencies to combat the risks. Presently information is collected on a yearly basis from over 160 agencies and this is compiled in to the annual Emergency Preparedness Report, tabled in parliament each year.

The Regional Services branch of the Risk and Resilience section  focuses on building and promoting resilient, integrated and productive EM networks across WA, so that the impacts and costs of emergencies are reduced. It does this through a range of District Advisors embedded across the State. These officers coordinate and facilitate the transfer of Emergency Management knowledge such that Local Governments, Local Emergency Management Committees and District Emergency Management Committees better understand their risks and develop appropriate capabilities across the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery spectrum that reflect the risks so that resilience is built in a distributed fashion.

District Emergency Management Advisors

District Emergency Management Advisors (District Advisors) promote an integrated, community centred approach to emergency management at the local and district level while ensuring that state-wide relationships, coordination and priorities are developed.

District Advisors are currently based in Broome, Geraldton, Northam, Perth, Bunbury and Albany. While living and working in the regions gives District Advisors an explicit and intimate understanding of local and regional issues, by working at state level, District Advisors have access to a wide network of contacts across the State to support the coordination of emergency management.

District Advisors promote the understanding of local and regional emergency management issues through their role as emergency management specialists. District Advisors are an important conduit between local government and organisations involved in emergency management and the Office of Emergency Management.

District Advisors assist in building local and regional networks by:​

  • Providing advice on policies and guidelines and offering support to local governments, Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) and District Emergency Management Committees (DEMCs) regarding the development and maintenance of local emergency management arrangements
  • Facilitating consultation with stakeholders and the wider community on the development of emergency management procedures
  • Encouraging an integrated, all hazards approach to identifying and meeting the emergency management needs of their community
  • Introducing key local government contacts to a network of subject matter experts across the state
  • Coordinating requests for (or by) other agencies to present to LEMCs/DEMCs on key seasonal or regional topics
  • Providing subject matter expertise on a range of emergency mana​gement matters



Central, East and South Metropolitan Districts 

Merveen​​​ Cross merveen.cross@oem.wa.gov.au  
T. 0427 996 676

North Metropolitan District 

​Quinta La Rosa quinta.larosa@oem.wa.gov.au 

T. 0417 892 694

Goldfields-Esperance and Wheatbelt Districts

​Yvette Grigg yvette.grigg@oem.wa.gov.au  

T. 0488 907 187

Midwest-Gascoyne District 
Ms Jonelle ​Tyson jonelle.tyson@oem.wa.gov.au  
T. 0408 843 907​

Kimberley and Pilbara Districts 
Helen Kent helen.kent@oem.wa.gov.au  
T. 0409 415 256

South West District 
Vik Cheema vikram.cheema@oem.wa.gov.au  
T. 0429 688 130

Great Southern District 
Adam Smith adam.smith@oem.wa.gov.au  
T. 0429 104 007​