​​​​​​​​​​​​Regional Services



Regional Services support the work of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) by providing services to the Emergency Management (EM) sector throughout Western Australia. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Supports local governments’ EM arrangements through Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs)
  • Provides executive support to District Emergency Management Committees (DEMCs)
  • Assists local governments to establish recovery management arrangements following major emergency events
  • Contributes to development of SEMC policy and procedures, particularly in relation to local and district level EM arrangements and recovery
  • Advises local governments and districts stakeholders on risk, capability and EM issues
  • Develops resources and events to promote EM awareness in the community

Services provided to the EM sector include:

  • Fostering a holistic and risk-based approach to emergency management planning
  • Building regional level capacity, coordination and planning
  • Providing a targeted approach to supporting local governments for disaster recovery
  • Encouraging a continuous improvement culture based on incident review and analysis
  • Offering advice on policy and procedural matters relating to emergency management arrangements


The manager of Regional Services leads a team of District Emergency Management Advisors (DAs) and Emergency Management Development Officers.

The Regional Services team design and implement strategies that increase emergency management awareness, capacity building and skills development within key stakeholder groups. Since the section's launch in 2008, there has been steady and significant development in the sector, aided by the DAs working closely with the local governments to build capacity.


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




Andrew Sanders: andrew.sanders@oem.wa.gov.au  T. 0417 926 698


Central, East and South Metropolitan District
Merveen Cross
T. 0427 996 676

North Metropolitan District
Quinta La Rosa
T. 0417 892 694

Goldfields-Esperance District; Wheatbelt District
​Yvette Grigg

T. 0488 907 187

Midwest-Gascoyne District
(acting) Adrian Brannigan
T. 08 9956 6014

Kimberley and Pilbara Districts
Helen Kent
T. 0409 415 256

South West District
Vik Cheema
T. 0429 688 130

Great Southern District
Adam Smith
T. 0429 104 007​