This page collates internet information sources for fires and emergencies currently happening in Perth and Western Australia. Sadly, it seems it’s always useful around January and February. Additions/corrections welcome.
The OFFICIAL DFES Alerts are available here – go here first, especially if you are in danger.
- The ABC has a special role in reporting emergencies; consider it official also: check http://abc.net.au/news/emergency/state/wa/
CSIRO’s industrial-grade ‘Sentinel’ Maps present the same data with a more complex view
- The Red Cross People Finder helps locate missing folk
Follow http://twitter.com/#!/DFES_WA right now
This Twitter Search link uncovers all known ‘perth fire’ twitter accounts, hashtags and search terms – it’s exhaustive (the ‘-rt’ switch is a useful inclusion)
This lighter-weight search of ‘perthfires/wafires/bushfires’ hashtags is more focused (because people have to deliberately tag their tweets; it shows care and thought) but is a little noisier (more spam): http://twitter.com/#!/search/perthfires OR wafires OR bushfires
- Trendsmap for Perth: https://www.trendsmap.com/local/au/perth
- A rolling twitter stream of the perthfires and wafires hashtags
- For the Power Tweeps – A Twitter List: Subscribe to https://twitter.com/bonwag/lists/perthfires in your Twitter client and filter for ‘perthfires’, ‘wafires’ and ‘bushfires’.
Active Media Outlets
Some unfiltered/unmoderated sources – please exercise your own judgement on these unofficial feeds.
- WA Radio Scanner User’s Group – Major Fires and Incidents forum – Twitter – @WARSUG
- Broadcastify allows you to listen to radio communications by the Perth and SouthWest Fire/Rescue/Emergency services