GET READY FOR A WET SUMMER17/11/2021 12:05 PM
NSW SES and Resilience NSW have joined forces to remind locals in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley that storm season is upon us, a wet summer is forecast and there is an increased risk of flooding across NSW, particularly within the region.
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said the widespread flooding that impacted the region in March demonstrated not only the potential for devastation but also the importance of preparing for these events.
“It wasn’t that long ago we saw major flooding sweep through this area, impacting thousands of properties,” Commissioner York said.
“There is the very real risk of a similar event happening again, which is why we need communities to know their risks and have a plan now.
“It’s important those in the area know the early signs of potential flooding, are familiar with their key evacuation routes, follow the advice of NSW SES, and prepare a ‘get ready to go’ kit ahead of time.
“While you can’t fight floods, you can certainly prepare for them,” she said.
Resilience NSW Executive Director, Operational Management and Partnerships, Dominic Lane, urged locals to use the start of summer to have a conversation with friends and families about being prepared for seasonal emergencies.
“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, whether at home, at work or away on holidays,” Mr Lane said.
“Think about the area you’re in and what types of emergencies could affect you and plan now for what you will do in an emergency. Get your home or business ready,
connect with NSW emergency services to stay informed and look out for each other,” he said.
NSW SES has teamed up with Resilience NSW and Infrastructure NSW to develop an awareness campaign across the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley called Floods. What’s your plan?
Running for eight weeks from 25 October, the campaign encourages community members to know the early signs of potential flooding and have a plan in place to respond.
For more information about the campaign, visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au/yourfloodplan
For emergency assistance in floods or storms, call NSW SES on 132 500. In life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (OOO) immediately.