As many Great Lakes residents continue their recovery from the devastating Black Summers bushfires of 2019-20, authorities are leaving nothing to chance urging households to ensure they have a bushfire survival plan in place
For those who missed the Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready weekend, it is not too late to start a bushfire survival plan.
To make it easier, MidCoast Council has put together a five week, step-by-step Get Ready campaign.
"The MidCoast was hit hard last summer by unprecedented fires which tore through almost 2371 kilometres - that's approximately 24 per cent of our entire local government area," mayor, David West said.
According to the RFS it is a myth there is nothing left to burn - we need to Get Ready now to protect lives and property this year, Cr West said.
"This year, we want every home on the Mid Coast to have a bushfire survival plan.
"It's important that you sit down with everyone who lives at your place, to make the plan - so everyone knows what you will do and when you will do it - before bushfires start."
MidCoast Council is providing weekly guides to help you through the five simple steps, each week for the next five weeks - one step at a time, Cr West said.
At the end of five weeks, households will have a bushfire survival plan and at the same time be equipped for this bushfire season.
From mid-October every house in the Mid Coast (local government area) LGA will receive a hard copy of the Bushfire Survival Plan to complete, in case the on-line options aren't suitable.
Starting from this week get started on step one - Know your risk.
To take step one, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/getready.
You can also sign up there for the weekly News Wrap email newsletter - it will arrive in your inbox from this Friday, September 25 and take you each week through the steps to make sure you have a bushfire survival plan.
Information, including a short video and a summary document will see you assess your risk in as little as 10 minutes this week.
You'll then be ready for step twp next week.
If you're keen to go into more detail, you'll see options to spend more time learning about your property's individual risk level.
"Something that we all learnt last November is that no home anywhere on the Mid Coast is safe from bushfire," Cr West said.
"That means we all need a bushfire survival plan, and we all need to help each other, to Get Ready.
"Make sure you, your family and your neighbours have a bushfire survival plan this year."
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