10 September 2020

Mayoral Column

Last week was Emergency Preparedness Week and I want to thank all of you for joining us during via our Facebook page and our website to find out how you can get prepared for any emergency. It’s so important to be prepared for bushfire, flood, storm, tsunami and any emergency.

As part of this week, we promoted mental health information, a video message from Commander Jim Stewart on behalf of Hawkesbury Local Area Command, the Red Cross REDiPlan, NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and NSW State Emergency Service (SES) videos and more. Courtesy of the SES, we can learn how the ‘bathtub effect’ places the Hawkesbury valley as one of the greatest flood risks in Australia. See the SES videos at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

We also hosted two Civic Receptions to thank the Hawkesbury Rural Fire Service for everything the RFS does for us and for what they achieved during what was one of the worst fire seasons ever seen in the Hawkesbury, the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Council has many links, videos and documents at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/epweek that will help you to GET READY. I encourage you to download the Red Cross Get Prepared app at getprepared.app.link/Hawkesbury_City_Council and the Rediplan www.redcross.org.au/your-rediplan

The NSW RFS will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on 19-20 September, in person and online. Follow your local RFS brigade’s Facebook page for information as it becomes available. You can also visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information.

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