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Publication date: Thursday, 6 December 2018
Being prepared for disasters can protect your pets, your property and your family. It can save you money and heartbreak, and may even save your life.
The Office of Emergency Management and NSW Emergency Service Organisations are promoting five simple steps as part of the Get Ready for Summer initiative – and these apply to all types of summer hazards.
1. Know your risk: think about the area you live 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
4. Be aware: find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area - 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.
The Get Ready for Summer initiative was launched recently at Rose Bay. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was on hand to demonstrate a rescue to mark the occasion. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant was joined by commissioners and agency heads to issue the reminder, with road safety, fire risks and proper precautions on our waterways all highlighted as key concerns when the temperatures soar.
Representatives from NSW Police, NSW RFS, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW SES, Surf Life Saving NSW, Royal Life Saving NSW, Marine Rescue, and NSW Volunteer Rescue came together to urge NSW residents to be road safe when travelling, to be bushfire aware when planning holidays, to swim between the flags when visiting the beach and to clean out gutters and undertake house repairs.
Now is the time to talk with your family, friends and neighbours about preparing for summer emergencies. It all starts with a conversation and following the five simple steps to Get Ready for Summer.
For more information about how you can get ready this summer, visit the Get Ready website.
Above: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was on hand at the launch of the Get Ready for Summer initiative at Rose Bay.