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Get ready for summer


Disasters happen - don't think if, think when.


Disasters have a significant impact on the people of NSW, changing the lives of many families and causing millions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage.

When disaster hits, NSW Government and emergency management agencies will try to help you but you need to get ready as well.

As we start this summer, make a point of finding out what to do before, during and after a disaster. Being prepared can save lives and help you and your family make better decisions when disaster strikes.

Have you done enough to protect your family from disaster this summer?


1. Know your risk


Think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could happen. Are you and your family at risk?


To find out more - go to NSW Emergency Services agencies:

 
 

2. Plan 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


Make important decisions like when to leave, what to take, and what to do with pets and animals. Don't leave it until the last minute.

Disasters can happen with little or no warning. How will you and your family get to a safe place? You could be separated from each other. How will you contact each other? Think about how you will protect your pets, important documents and personal mementos.

Plan how you will escape a fire in your home and practise it with your family.

Bush Fire Survival Plan Home Emergency Plan
for Storms and Floods
Home Escape Plan
 
 

3. Get your home ready


Prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance


  • Trim overhanging trees and branches, and remove dead and dry vegetation from around the house
  • Clean out gutters and downpipes
  • Secure or put away loose items in your yard or balcony
  • Check the roof is in good repair
  • Do a home safety audit and check your smoke alarms are working
  • And make sure that your home and contents insurance is up to date
Prepare your property
for bush fire
Home Fire Safety
Audit
Disaster Preparation
Checklist
 
 

4. Be informed


Find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area


Check the NSW Emergency Services websites, or keep informed with smartphone apps and social media

Apps


Fires Near Me
Android
iPhone
MyFirePlan
Android
iPhone
Emergency +
Android
iPhone
Live Traffic
Android
iPhone

Social


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5. Look out for each other


Share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.


Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens.

Neighbours can help each other in many ways and can include people in your street or community.

   


RELATED INFORMATION



AGENCY WEBSITES




NSW Rural Fire Service is the world's largest volunteer fire service providing fire and emergency services across 95 percent of NSW.



NSW State Emergency Service is an emergency and rescue service primarily responsible for responding to floods, storms and tsunami in NSW.



Fire & Rescue NSW provides fire, rescue, hazmat and other emergency services in cities and towns across NSW.




NSW Police Force is the oldest and largest police organisation in Australia and coordinates emergency and rescue operations.




Ministry for Police & Emergency Services develops and coordinates emergency management policy in NSW, providing the framework to prepare and recover from disasters.

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