Have a Get Ready Weekend with Family, Friends and Neighbours

Published on 07 September 2020

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Shoalhaven City Council together with Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service are encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend on 19-20 September 2020 to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.

“The 2019/20 bushfire season was the most devastating bushfire season in our State’s history. It was a stark reminder of the danger of fire. It was also a reminder of the importance of being prepared and having a plan,” Mayor Findley said.

"As we begin our next fire season, with the previous season's impacts still being felt across NSW, communities are understandably eager to know more about getting ready.

“To support early planning and preparation, NSW RFS will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on 19-20 September, in person and online. Please follow your local RFS brigade’s Facebook page for information as it becomes available. You can also visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information,” said Mayor Findley.

Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons encouraged everyone to have a conversation around being prepared for emergency, whatever the hazard may be.

“Each year, communities across NSW may experience bushfires, home fires, floods, storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“This year alone has been one of unparalleled emergencies. Communities across NSW were first impacted by drought, bushfire, then storm and flood, now pandemic - and all in quick succession. This has highlighted how important it is to be prepared for all hazards.

Shoalhaven Rural Fire Superintendent Mark Williams encouraged the community to prepare for the fire season ahead.

“Get Ready now, by following the five simple steps:

  1. Know your risk - think about the area you’re in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
  2. Plan now for what you will do - sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;
  3. Get your home ready - prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;
  4. Be aware - find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area and connect with NSW emergency services to stay informed;  
  5. Look out for each other - share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.

Our emergency service organisations do an incredible job keeping us safe, but they can only do so much. Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility,” said Supt Williams.

Further guidance is available on Council’s website, via the Get Ready resource page.

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