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Emergencies can happen - are you prepared Perth?​​

24 May 2018


With up to 200,000 people in the city during the day, the City of Perth is starting a conversation about emergencies, focusing on the unique challenges they can present for inner-city residents, businesses and visitors.


Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden said the City had improved its emergency management methodology greatly in recent years but a gap analysis found there was an opportunity to boost emergency preparation materials.


"There are approximately 26,000 people living in the City of Perth and as the local government authority, we have a responsibility not only to them but to the thousands of workers, visitors, students and tourists who are in the city each day," Mr Lumsden said.


"While many people are aware of the threat of emergencies such as bushfires, it's critical to understand the risks unique to high rise buildings, which is why the City has focused on emergency awareness resources."


The City has produced three brochures (targeted at residents, businesses and visitors) and two animated videos - featuring Pat the prepared - to encourage people to develop their own emergency plan.


Mal Cronstedt AFSM, Deputy Commissioner of Strategy and Emergency Management for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), said with such a large number of people coming into and out of the city on a daily basis, the City of Perth had recognised that having a community who is prepared for hazards will lead to a more resilient community.


"Reassuringly, the City has developed their 'Are you prepared Perth?' project to concentrate on not only the residents and commuters, but also the businesses that operate from the CBD," Mr Cronstedt said.


​City of Perth meeting with Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff.

The City's educational resources are sponsored by the All West Australians Reducing Emergencies (AWARE) Program from the Office of Emergency Management.


To access the resources, visit​​