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Take some time to prepare for an emergency

03 Sep 2020

 

In recent times, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District community has faced bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we can’t stop emergencies from happening, there are things you can do now that will help reduce how much they affect you when they happen.

Being prepared can make an emergency such as storms, floods or a bushfire, less stressful, give you more control and reduce the impact on you and those you love.

Spending some time learning about your risks, identifying emergency contacts and meeting places, and organising insurances and important documents are all things you can do now that may help reduce stress if an emergency strikes.

As the weather warms up and bushfire season approaches, it’s a particularly important time to assess the preparedness of yourself, your family and your home.

For tips and advice on how to get prepared during Emergency Preparedness Week, 31 August – 6 September, visit www.redcross.org.au/prepare

For residents affected by bushfires, our Bushfire Trauma Recovery Specialists can assist with your preparedness for the coming season and talk with you about your past experiences. To access a Bushfire Trauma Recovery Specialist, call the Mental Health Line (1800 011 511) or contact your local Council.