|Title:||WA Health communication protocols for cyclones|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0405/12|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 30 November 2012|
|File number(s):||RSD - 0577|
|Description:||This Operational Directive outlines communication protocols that are to be utilised by Regional Areas in preparation for cyclones. The protocols are in line with the Cyclone Community Alert Warning levels issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 26 November 2012 to 26 November 2017|
|Review date:||26 November 2017|
|Authorised by:||Kim Snowball, Director General, Department of Health, 26-Nov-2012|
|Print version:||View print version|
WA Health communication protocols for cyclones
The north-west of Western Australia (WA) is prone to cyclones during the months of November to April. Cyclones have the potential to cause injury and death, and significant damage to WA Health critical infrastructure.
Communication protocols are vital in ensuring that health services are well prepared. This Operational Directive outlines the communication protocols that are to be utilised by health services in the event of a cyclone affecting their region.
The following protocols are to be utilised in line with the Cyclone Community Alert Warning levels as issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Once a Cyclone Community Alert Warning has been issued for a region, the designated Regional Health Disaster Coordinator (RHDC), or their delegate, is to file a report to the On Call Duty Officer (OCDO) on (08) 9328 0553 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If WebEOC access is available, the report should be submitted on WebEOC.
When a blue alert is activated, the RHDC should draft the initial report. The report should contain the following information:
If the alert level is upgraded or downgraded, an updated report should be submitted to the OCDO with the following information:
If new problems are identified, or should circumstances change, RHDCs are encouraged to contact the OCDO at the earliest convenience.
AUDIT AND REVIEW
The Senior Policy Officer, Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit, is responsible for the monitoring and review of this document on an annual basis.
This circular last updated: Friday, 30 November 2012 at 2:37pm