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					                         EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
                           PROCEDURES MANUAL

SUBJECT:                 Direction concerning movement and evacuation

PROCEDURE NO:            OP - 17

TYPE:

Administration
Operational              X

REFERENCES:
                         Emergency Management Act 2005 [S 67]

REVIEW DATE:             February 2014

RESPONSIBILITY:          Emergency Management Western Australia [EMWA]

BACKGROUND:

For the purposes of emergency management during an emergency situation or state
of emergency, a hazard management officer or authorised officer may:

   •    Direct or, by direction, prohibit, the movement of persons, animals and vehicles
        within, into, out of or around an emergency area or any part of any emergency
        area [S67(a) Act];
   •    Direct the evacuation and removal of persons or animals from the emergency
        area or any part of the emergency area [S67(b) Act].

PROCEDURE:

Where a hazard management officer or authorised officer identifies the need to direct
the movement, evacuation or removal of persons or animals in an emergency area
the following procedure should be followed:

   1. Liaise with the Hazard Management agency to determine the following;
      •    Ensure an emergency situation or state of emergency has been declared;
      •    That the location to which the direction is to apply is within the emergency
           area;
      •    That the reasons for the direction are for the purpose of emergency
           management;
      •    Details of the direction to be issued;

   2. Liaise with the person/s to whom the direction will apply in order to seek
      voluntary compliance to the officers direction if possible;
3. Where voluntary compliance is not possible complete a “Direction concerning
   movement and evacuation” instrument (EMA Form 13) ensuring completion of
   all details of the specific direction to be given;

4. Notify the person/s to whom the direction is issued including the explanation of
   specific details of the direction given;

5. Where practicable provide the person/s to whom the direction is made with a
   copy of the direction instrument;

6. A direction may be given orally or in writing (S77(1) Act);

7. Where a direction is given orally it is to be confirmed in writing within 2 working
   days after it is given unless within that period it is complied with or cancelled
   (S77(2) Act);

8. Where the direction is no longer required prior to its expiry the person/s to
   whom the direction is made should be advised as soon as practicable;

9. The original direction instrument should be retained by the officer making the
   direction and a copy supplied to the Hazard Management Agency as soon as
   practicable.




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