It’s OK To Talk If Fire Conditions Trigger Memories

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After recent “extreme” and “catastrophic” fire conditions around the state, community members are encouraged to look out for friends and neighbours.

Corangamite Shire Mayor Kate Makin said the conditions could stir up difficult memories and feelings about past emergencies.

“Our thoughts are with those people across Victoria, including on the northern borders of our Shire in places like Pomonal and Beaufort,” Cr Makin said

“Our own communities are no strangers to bushfire and have shown great resilience and mutual support through past emergencies.

“For some people a hot windy day, or a news report about bushfires, can bring back troubling memories and feelings.

“Even years later unexpected thoughts can still be powerful. Acknowledging them can be important steps to recovery.”

Cr Makin encouraged anyone to share how they were feeling with someone they trust.

“It could be a family member, friend, your GP or minister. Just having someone to share with can help you put your feelings into perspective.

“Putting your thoughts and memories into words can be soothing in itself.

“And of course, if someone around you seems withdrawn or loses their temper over something small, don’t be afraid to ask the question: ‘Are you OK?’

“Just starting the conversation can make all the difference.”

Cr Makin paid tribute to emergency service volunteers and others in local and regional communities

“A huge thanks to those who have helped in past emergencies and to those who volunteer their time to train and stand ready for future emergencies.

“The inevitable can always happen so please increase your awareness of fire danger ratings, as well as Community Based Emergency Management Plans and personal bushfire plans, which mean we are more prepared.”

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