What A ‘State Of Emergency’ Means For NSW Moving Forward
The RFS takes over.
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Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a State Of Emergency for NSW over the next seven days amidst “unpredictable” weather conditions causing extreme fire danger across majority of the state.
So what exactly does a State of Emergency mean?
According to the NSW Government website, a State of Emergency declaration allows powers to be transferred from the NSW Government to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
These powers include the ability to:
- direct any government agency to conduct or refrain from conducting its functions
- control and coordinate the allocation of government resources
- evacuate people from property within the declared area
- close roads and thoroughfares to traffic
- pull down or shore up infrastructure at risk of collapse
- order the shutdown of essential utilities in the declared area including electricity, gas, oil and water
- enter or take possession of property in the course of the emergency response.
“We don’t take these declarations lightly," the Premier stated.
"But we also want to make sure we’re taking every single precaution to be prepared for what could be a horrible day on Saturday."