The SEMC provides funding support and sponsorship for projects that enhance knowledge and understanding of risk and preparedness, and for projects that improve emergency management capability and community resilience. Click on the links below to find out about current projects.
Organisations seeking funding for projects should refer to the Grants section for information about current funding programs.
The Community Disaster Resilience Strategy is an initiative of the State Emergency Management Committee, funded through the National Disaster Risk Reduction Program with support from DFES and Red Cross. The aim of the Strategy is to reduce the impact of disasters by increasing the capacity of communities to cope with, adapt to and recover from emergencies and disasters. Community and stakeholder engagement is now underway to inform development of the Strategy.
In 2019, the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) approved a review of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements (LEMA).
In 2021, The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) was granted Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) funding for a LEMA Review Project and WALGA was allocated AWARE funding to lead a consultation with local governments for this project.
The overarching aim of the LEMA Review Project is to develop a LEMA Improvement Plan (Plan) that will identify opportunities to:
develop fit-for-purpose and effective LEMA
increase stakeholder knowledge of LEMA to enhance community resilience
streamline LEMA processes and encourage currency
improve the effectiveness of the LEMA as a communication tool
support Local Governments who are not currently engaged in planning for emergencies.
The LEMA Review Project provides an important opportunity to ensure that Local Governments are actively represented in the review of local-level emergency management policy.
Euan Ferguson’s Waroona Fire Special Enquiry (2016) report observed that “It is through a process of identifying then implementing lessons that systems can be improved and we can better equip people to make good decisions … This is how we, and future generations, gain wisdom.”
The Lessons Identification Database (LID) is a project to collate detailed information about significant bushfires that have occurred during the last ten years from State-wide historical records and inquiries, and in the future incorporating lead agency reviews and reports. The LID will be a single searchable database that will facilitate insight through analysis, identifying causal factors behind emergencies. It will assist in closing capability gaps, building resilience and supporting transparency and accountability.