Prepare your bushfire survival plan, don’t drive through floodwater, swim between the flags, and make sure your home is fire safe this summer – these are some of the safety tips NSW emergency service agencies have shared ahead of the 2020 summer season.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP and Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined emergency services leaders on Sydney Harbour to issue the timely reminder, as people begin decorating their homes for Christmas, planning holidays in regional NSW and enjoying warm days by the water.
“Aussie summers are iconic, but they can also be tragic. Last year, we had a horror bushfire season. This year, we’re expecting a wet and wild summer. But bushfires and storms are not the only threats we face,” Mr Elliott said.
“I urge you to use the start of summer as a start of a conversation with your friends and families about being prepared for seasonal hazards. Especially this year, as experts warn of a La Niña summer.”
Mr Elliott said summer is a particularly busy time of year for all emergency services and everyone is urged to put safety first.
“Our community is well protected by our emergency services, but we can assist them by taking the time to get prepared,” Mr Elliott said.
“Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility, whether you’re at home, at work or away on holidays.”
Find out more about the steps you can take to Get Ready for summer at https://resilience.nsw.gov.au/prepare.html.