Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signage
The Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) system is a coding system, designed to improve emergency response times by installing signs with unique numbers at beach access points.
These signs will provide specific location information, vital when emergency services are deployed in the event of a shark sighting, attack or other beach emergencies.
How do I use the BEN signs?
In an emergency, dial 000 and quote the unique code and location information on the nearest BEN sign. If possible, have someone wait at the sign for the emergency services to arrive.
How do they work?
Each sign has a unique letter and number code linked to the co-ordinates for the location. This data has been provided to emergency services so they can quickly and accurately locate where you are and how to get there.
Where are the BEN signs located?
BEN signs are installed at beach access points along the coastline between Geraldton and Esperance. Some signs are also located at harbours and estuaries, boat ramps, fishing platforms, jetties, rivers and lakes. The BEN signs within the City of Wanneroo have been installed along the coastline at public beach access points. They are also located at the Two Rocks marina, Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club and Mindarie Keys marina and boat ramp.
What should I do now?
Share this information with others.
Take note of the code (or even take a photo on your phone) of your nearest BEN sign at your favourite beach to ensure you can assist emergency services if needed.