‘Slow down, move over – new SLOMO laws are now in effect! 🚨Flashing lights on a stationary vehicle means approaching vehicles must slow down, move over (if possible) and pass at 40 kilometres per hour.
Let’s look after those who look after us”.
Courtesy of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Watch the YouTube video below
Slow down and move over video on YOUTUBE
This past nine days our unit and many other SES units have been assisting in the Waroona fires, it has been a very busy week and continues to be with all our members responding. A very big thank you to all the emergency services it has been an amazing effort and you’ve gone above and beyond. Our kindest and supportive thoughts are with the Harvey and Waroona communities as they begin the long recovery process.
Seasonal bush fire outlook 2015/2016
WESTERN AUSTRALIA In Western Australia, for the Western Gascoyne, there is normal fire potential due to average rainfall and grass growth. In the Murchison, Goldfields and Desert areas, there is above normal fire potential as a consequence of high fuel loads from above average rainfall. The Central West, Wheat belt and Great Southern regions have average grass fuel loads as a result of average to below average rainfall, leading to normal fire potential. In the South West, a lack of rainfall, a long term deficit in the soil moisture and high fuel loads have led to above normal fire potential. In the South East, higher-than average rainfalls east of Norseman have created higher fuel loads, leading to above normal fire potential. Although the El Niño continues to strengthen, the correlation between El Niño and rainfall and temperature patterns is weaker for Western Australia than it is for the eastern states. In an average El Niño, daytime temperatures across the southern half of the state are higher and the wet season onset typically occurs later in the season. However, every event is different and El Niño is not the only influence on rainfall and temperature; other factors, such as warmer than-average sea surface temperatures to the north of Australia and in the Indian Ocean, will also affect the climate, and hence, bushfire potential across Western Australia.
Seasonal bushfire outlook 2015/2016
Smartphone apps and Triple Zero (000)
Australia’s Triple Zero Awareness Working Group has developed a smartphone app for iOS and Android devices to:
- provide the caller with information about when to call Triple Zero
- provide the caller with information about who to call in various non-emergency situations
- State Emergency Service (SES) (132 500)
- Police Assistance Line (131 444)
- Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000)
- Health Direct Australia (1800 022 222)
- National Relay Service
- assist the caller to dial the relevant number
- display the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location that the caller can read out to the emergency operator.
The app is free of charge and available for download from iTunes and Google Play Stores.
Information courtesy of the Attorney General’s Department
It’s cyclone season up north and with the onset of cyclone Christine and predicted storm surges in the Pilbara district, all eyes are watching.
Cyclone Christine is expected to unleash “very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 200 kilometres per hour are likely near the centre as the cyclone crosses the coast.
Destructive winds with gusts in excess of 130 kilometres per hour are expected in the Karratha and Dampier region later tonight, extending well inland overnight and during Tuesday” (DFES).
SES are presently preparing to deploy to assist the communities affected, should they be needed. For those of our members on standby to deploy to the Pilbara for Cyclone Christine, we wish you a very good nights sleep!
For more information on what is presently occurring and how to prepare should you be in the areas at risk, please visit the DFES link below:
Cockburn SES is constantly building a more comprehensive website for our members and our community alike. The latest addition to the website is a page (from DFES) containing emergency numbers for updates and alerts in emergency situations, road conditions, utilities and community services and organisations. To visit the new page go to ‘Emergency Contacts’ in the menu bar.
Hooray, the new website is live!