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Prepare for bushfire season with the family

By Southern Riverina News

With ‘Get Ready Weekend’ this week, residents are being encouraged to prepare for bushfire season with family and friends.

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is hoping that preparing with small groups can start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.

She said the 2019/20 bushfire season was the most devastating bushfire season in the 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,” Cr McRae said.

“In the lead up to our next fire season, with the previous one in the not so distant past and the impacts still being felt across New South Wales, communities are understandably keen to know more about getting ready.

“To support early planning and preparation, New South Wales Rural Fire Service will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on September 19 to 20, in person and online.”

Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons encouraged everyone to have a conversation around being prepared for emergency.

“Each year, communities across New South Wales may experience bushfires, home fires, floods, storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.

“This year alone has been one of unparalleled emergencies. Communities 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.

“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.”

Get Ready in five simple steps this weekend:

● Know your risk - think about the area you’re in and the types of disasters that could affect you;

● 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;

● Get your home ready - prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;

● 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;

● Look out for each other - share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.

For more information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.