Asthma Alert is a pilot program funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government and supported by the WA State Emergency Management Committee. The Asthma Alert pilot has been developed in consultation with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Department of Health in Western Australia.
The Asthma Alert Facebook Group aims to reduce the impact that smoke has on the lives of people who may be living with or caring for someone with asthma or other respiratory conditions, particularly where smoke is known to be a trigger for them.
How many times have you walked out of your home or office to smell smoke in the air?
It may be isolated to your local area or it may be far spread. Sometimes, the smoke you are experiencing may not be recorded by our State emergency services yet but you can play a significant role in helping warn people with asthma and other respiratory conditions to a potential smoke hazard. Through the Asthma Alert community, we can share information and support one another as we aim to reduce the risk of a life-threatening asthma emergency.
In the Asthma Alert group, we will refer to existing alert systems that have been developed and are coordinated by our State’s environmental and emergency services (emergency.wa.gov.au) and call upon the Asthma Alert community to help their peers by sharing when they observe smoke in the air in their local area.
Through the Asthma Alert, we will provide you with tips and tools on how to reduce the impact of smoke on people who are affected by asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other respiratory conditions and we encourage members to provide feedback and share their experiences of how smoke may impact them.
Not on Facebook?
We understand not everyone is on Facebook so this may be limiting to some people. As this is a pilot program, we are doing as best we can with the resources we have. Your feedback on how you would like to receive an Asthma Alert or what it could look like is important to us. Feedback and suggestions are warmly welcomed at email@example.com
We have collated a range of resources to help you understand asthma first aid, air quality monitoring updates, smoke alerts and more below.
Health hazards from bushfires
Exposure to smoke from fires can worsen symptoms asthma and other respiratory conditions. For information on alerts, who is at risk, signs and symptoms of smoke exposure and tips on how to reduce your exposure, visit Healthy WA.
Air quality monitoring information
For the latest updates on Western Australian air quality monitoring, visit the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Air Quality Index page. This page includes a number of locations in our state and is updated hourly.
Understanding prescribed burning processes in Western Australia
Prescribed burns reduce the threat of bushfires causing harm to people, communities and the environment.
For more information on prescribed burns and smoke related haze visit the below pages.
Schedule of Prescribed Burns Coordinated by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Parks and Wildlife Service (Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) update their list of active prescribed burns and ignitions on their website each day. It is recommended that you visit this site after 10am for the most up to date list, as most prescribed burns do not commence until after this time. This page includes information on prescribed burns that are coordinated or managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service. The weather will influence whether a planned prescribed burn will take place, and in some cases, there may be no smoke created by a prescribed burn. Nevertheless, it is important to remain vigilant and be aware of the potential risk.
Smoke, bush fire and other Western Australian emergency alerts
Emergency WA provides a central source of information relating to a range of emergency events affecting people and communities right across Western Australia. Alerts include smoke events, bush fires, prescribed burns, structural fires, storm damage and other hazards that may impact you. Visit their website for updates on all current alerts or view a snapshot of their RSS feed below.
The Asthma Alert pilot program is made possible thanks to funding and support from the Australian Government.