It’s time to Get Ready!
The effect of Black Summer fires are still with many of us. And the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we supported each other to recover.
It also changes the way we need to think about what emergency preparedness means for us this year. Conversations about emotional preparedness and building resilience will be as important as those conversations about preparing our properties, developing our fire plans,
and packing our emergency kits.
Fire season is on us already, so it’s time to be seriously thinking, and talking, about emergency preparedness and getting ready.
Taking steps to get ready doesn’t need to be a daunting task. All you need to do is find an activity that suits you, and decide what your next step to get ready will be. For example:
- Will you talk to your family, or your neighbours, about what you will do if fire threatens your neighbourhood?
- Will you add one new action this year to better prepare your home and your family?
- Are you also prepared for severe storms?
- You could take a moment to familiarise yourself with what each of the new National Bushfire Alert Levels mean.
- You can decide you will get your information from trusted sources this summer, and download the ‘Fires Near Me’ and ‘Storms Near Me’ apps.
- You could check in with friends and neighbours, or Headspace or Wellbeing Steppers, to develop strategies for managing the anxiety that comes to many of us with fire season, and may be compounded by the isolation many of us are feeling after nearly two years of various COVID restrictions.
Whichever steps you decide to take, now is the time to start having these important conversations.
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