Wollondilly Council is encouraging shire residents to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS)'s Get Ready Weekend to prepare for the bushfire season.
The event held on September 19 and 20 aims to raise awareness and help residents prepare for emergencies.
Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said last year's fire season was a "stark reminder of the danger of fire".
"The 2019/20 bushfire season was the most devastating bushfire season in our state's history," he said.
"It was also a reminder of the importance of being prepared and having a plan.
"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 NSW - communities are understandably keen to know more about getting ready."
Residents are also being encouraged to follow their local RFS brigade's Facebook page for information.
Resilience NSW commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons wants 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," he 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.
"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."
The RFS is encouraging residents to Get Ready in five steps:
For more information, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
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