Emergency Management

Local Emergency Management Committee

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) is a Committee established under the WA Emergency Management Act 2005, to prepare and manage local community emergencies.

The LEMC consists of representatives from essential services including the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, Department of Fire and Emergency Service (DFES), State Emergency Service (SES) Child Protection Family Services, WA Country Health, Saint John Ambulance, Police, local Industry representatives, utilities and other government agencies. The Committee meets on a regular basis to plan strategies to prevent emergencies occurring and to be prepared when they do occur. Part of the preparation is the holding of emergency exercises to test the efficiency of the operational procedures of agencies responding to an emergency and to make improvements where necessary.

The LEMC has a proactive approach to emergency management that is abbreviated to PPRR – Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.


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

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, in conjunction with the LEMC actively promotes measures to prevent or minimise the effects of emergencies within the Shire. These measures include the enforcement of Legislation and Local Laws relating to Town Planning, Building, Fire Control and Environmental Health. Activities such as fire mitigation works, flood drainage works  and public cyclone clean-up works.


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

The Shire and Hazard Management Agencies actively promote preparedness for emergency situations by:-


Response activities combat the effects of the event, provide emergency assistance for casualties, help reduce further damage and help with recovery operations.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley will make its staff and resources available for response to emergency situations when requested. The Local Emergency Arrangements details the general response by the Shire in support of the Hazard Management Agency.

Click here to view the Local Emergency Management Arrangements


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

In a large scale emergency or disaster affecting our community, the full resources of the Shire, in conjunction with other government departments, will be directed towards restoration of services and facilities.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley Local Recovery Plan details the arrangements to manage the recovery process following an emergency. 

Click here to view the Local Recovery Plan


Current Emergency Warnings / Alerts

Click here for today's Fire Danger Rating 

Click here for today's Weather Warnings

Report all unattended emergencies to 000 


Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a distinctive siren sound to alert the community to the broadcast of an urgent safety message relating to a major emergency or disaster.

The signal is intended for use as an alert signal to be played on public media such as radio, television, public address systems and mobile sirens it aims to draw listeners’ attention to the emergency warning that follows.

People are urged to become familiar with the sound.  Click here to listen to the sound

What do I do if I hear SEWS broadcast?

Stop what you are doing, listen carefully to the information provided and act as directed

Who decides to use SEWS?

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) or Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) for weather and flood related events.