Emergency Ready Week

Having faced bushfires, floods, storms, the current pandemic, heatwaves, power blackouts and other emergencies, the Hawkesbury community knows that emergencies can strike at anytime, anywhere and without warning.

The good news is that getting prepared will make it so much easier to protect yourself, the people and animals you love, and the things you value most.

Emergency Ready Week will be held from Monday, 20 September to Sunday, 27 September. You can use the Australian Red Cross resources at redcross.org.au/prepare to:

  • create an emergency plan – make an emergency plan for your household to protect what matters most
  • download the Get Prepared App – build and keep your emergency plan close to hand with the app
  • use a survival kit checklist – build your survival kit with the Red Cross handy emergency checklist.

Being prepared is the key to resilience, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Patrick Conolly said.

“I hope that our community members will share this message about getting prepared,” the Mayor said.

“Let your friends and family know how simple it is to start getting prepared for emergencies, and tell them about the Get Prepared App.”

Download the free Red Cross Get Prepared App at getprepared.app.link/Hawkesbury_City_Council to start your emergency plan today.

Bookmark the Hawkesbury Disaster and Emergency Dashboard at https://disaster.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or go to Council’s website hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and click on the Emergencies tab. The dashboard provides updates on road conditions, weather warnings, fire incidents, power outages, flood alerts, bush fire alerts and school closures.

Get ready for summer in 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 – 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.

Remember your pets.

See 10 top tips from the RSPCA NSW to help keep your pets cool https://bit.ly/2QzoOR2


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