Get prepared for bushfire season on Get Ready Weekend

A red haze coated the shire as the Green Wattle Creek fire burned earlier this year. Picture: Simon Bennett
A red haze coated the shire as the Green Wattle Creek fire burned earlier this year. Picture: Simon Bennett

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:

  • 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.

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