Get prepared for ‘smoky’ summer

IT’S been a smoky start to summer and residents are being urged to have a conversation with family, friends and neighbours about all the seasonal hazards facing them.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott and representatives of frontline emergency service organisations, joined forces to highlight the multiple hazards communities across NSW face including bushfires, storms and staying safe on waterways and beaches.
Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou said as well as bushfires, each year, communities across NSW experienced storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies.
“As a council, we want our community to be disaster ready – so have a clear plan in place that hopefully, you’ll never need to use,” he said.
“Our emergency service personnel do an incredible job keeping us safe, but they can only do so much. Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility, whether you’re at home or away on holidays.”
Five steps to ‘get ready’ include knowing your risk and the types of disasters could affect your area; making a plan now for what you will do if disaster strikes; get your home ready; be aware and connect with NSW emergency services to learn how to prepare and stay informed; and look out for each other by sharing information with family, friends and neighbours.