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​Western Australia has a history of floods, often causing widespread human and economic impact. Floods are a natural phenomenon. After heavy rainfall, rivers, creeks and catchments may be unable to cope with water volumes and overflow causing flash flooding or slower rising riverine flooding, which is the most common cause of floods in Australia.

Gas​ ​​supp​​ly disruption

Natural ga​s is a vital fuel used for commercial and industrial purposes, resource processing, electricity generation and for residential heating and cooking. Gas transmission pipelines deliver gas to consumers while major pipelines transport it around Western Australia. Gas supply can be disrupted by failure of plant, equipment or networks, natural hazards or malicious acts. ​

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Heatwaves in Western Australia kill far more people than other natural disasters like bushfires, cyclones and floods. Adequate preparation is essential, especially for people at high risk – the elderly, babies, young children and people with health and mobility problems.

​Human epidemic

​​​Human epidemics, whether natural or introduced, have taken place intermittently. Recent examples of epidemics have included the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), swine flu, avian ​​flu and the Ebola virus. These have the potential to overwhelm already stretched health resources.

Land sea​rc​​​h

Western A​​ustralia is vast with extreme temperatures and is made up of remote, inaccessible and often harsh terrain, creating a challenging environment for people who undertake search and rescue missions. The need for specialist skills, equipment, medical care, and interagency cooperation could elevate such searches to a critical level.

​Liquid fu​el s​​upply disruption

A major​ disruption to the liquid fuel supply in Western Australia would cause significant disruption across industry and the broader community. The corresponding Westplan is designed to safeguard energy security, maximise contingency planning, and clarify the roles of industry, government and regulatory agencies.

Marin​e oil​​ pollution

N​umerous marine oil spills globally have cause​d damage to the environment, ecosystems, the economy and public confidence. Whether from a cargo ship, tanker or from oil and gas platforms off the Western Australian coast, the risk cannot be discounted and must be managed.​ 

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Marine ​transport ​​emergency

Mari​ne transport emergencies, whatever their cause, may threaten or endanger life, property and the marine environment and require the coordination of a number of significant EM activities.​
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Maritim​e search

​Sinking, lost and distressed vessels and aircraft,​ along with marine search and rescue, occur frequently off the Western Australian coastline. Australia has a search and rescue service that covers 52.8 million square kilometers of the Indian, Pacific and Southern oceans. Plans are in place to coordinate efforts where Commonwealth and state responsibilities intersect.

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