MidCoast Council prepares households for bushfire season

Fifth and final step for Mid Coast households to

A bushfire survival plan template will be posted to householders across the Mid Coast in readiness for the coming bushfire season.

"We want every home on the MidCoast to have a bushfire survival plan this year, so make sure you, your family and your neighbours get ready following the steps on your household copy of the Get Ready plan," Mayor David West said.

A five week campaign is underway to guide householders through the five steps to Get Ready, focussing this week on step 5 - looking out for each other.

"Mid Coast people have big hearts - and they're very good at pulling together in tough times. I have no doubt that now we've worked through the steps to prepare our own bushfire survival plans, everyone will embrace this final step - looking out for those around us who may need help to put their plans in place."

Share the bushfire survival information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance - especially older neighbours, and people with a disability.

There's handy information to share with people with a disability, on the Resilience NSW website here: emergency.nsw.gov.au

Make sure older neighbours have prepared their homes for bushfire season, and they have completed the Get Ready plan they received in the mail.

"Write down the names and phone numbers of anyone who is vulnerable, or may need your help during a fire emergency - it's the last item on your bushfire survival plan," Mayor West said.

"In an emergency, make sure you call them early and help them leave early too.

"It's important to have conversations with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens - it can help everyone be more prepared."

If you are recovering from last year's bushfires, please visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/bushfirerecovery or call 7955 7777. If reminders of the bushfires are causing issues for you, please call the Mental Healthline on 1800 011 511.