Plan to keep ahead in a crisis

Plan to keep ahead in a crisis

Being prepared for a crisis - even in small ways - can help reduce the impact of emergencies on our home, family and communities. Now is the time to think about what you would do in an emergency and to put some planning in place.

With hot weather just around the corner, the prospect of heatwaves and bushfire season is not far off. The 2019-2020 bushfires and recovery impacted every western Sydney community, and the pandemic that followed has not allowed much time for reflection.

Western Sydney councils supported each other throughout these events, with resources and assistance. Currently, western Sydney councils are engaging with state and federal governments to investigate ways that councils can be better resourced and prepared in dealing with emergencies.

WSROC believes that planning is crucial to emergency preparedness. The same is true at an individual level. Having a plan, understanding your local services - who they are, what they provide, how and when to contact them - as well as how to access accurate, up-to-date information, will drastically reduce the stress of unexpected situations.

Simple checklists will help stay on track in a crisis. Some considerations include: Who is your support network? Identify key people and share your plan with them. Have you any vulnerable people in your community or network? How would they be supported during a crisis?

WSROC president Councillor Barry Calvert

WSROC president Councillor Barry Calvert

There are many different resources available to assist with personal emergency planning. The free, Red Cross Get Prepared App, is a great place to start. Resilience NSW also has a range of resources on their website including planning tools for people with chronic health conditions or disability.

Depending on your situation, your emergency plan could be as simple as entering some key details into the app, or it could involve making a more detailed plan for your family and pets. Either way, 2020 has taught us that the unexpected can happen, and when it does its good to be prepared.