Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP is encouraging local residents to take the time now to discuss with your family and prepare your bush fire survival plan – this is the message from NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) this Get Ready Weekend, as we fast approach bush fire season.
"Now is the time to prepare, and ask questions from your local brigade.
“People can’t become complacent – it is vital that everyone takes the time to prepare and know what they will do in the event of a bush or grass fire,” he said.
“You dramatically improve the chances of you and your home surviving a devastating bush fire by doing a few simple things such as cleaning out your gutters, trimming overhanging branches and completing a Bush Fire Survival Plan.
“NSW RFS volunteers have been busy preparing for this season by undertaking hazard reduction burns, preparing emergency response plans and maintaining firefighting equipment.
“Our community is well protected by our emergency services, but we must assist them by taking the time to get prepared,” Mr Ward said.
“Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility, whether you’re at home, at work or away on holidays.
“Our amazing local RFS Brigades are holding their annual Get Ready event online this year.
“Be sure to jump on your computer or smart phone to be part of these events and source the fantastic advice our local firefighters are sharing,” Mr Ward concluded.
Find out more about the steps you can take to Get Ready for bush fire on the website at: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready.