As NSW comes to terms with the fire disaster which affected the Blue Mountains and other areas, it is important to recall the the last three summer seasons has seen disasters impacting our local communities, with many people suffering personal loss or hardship.
Emergency Services prepare each year by reviewing procedures and plans. However, individually we need to prepare ourselves and our families and assist our community to get ready for the storms, cyclones, floods and fires that can affect us during the summer season.
Those who have suffered the impacts of a disaster know the importance of being prepared. It is important to not only be self-reliant, but encourage those around you to be more self-reliant so disaster management authorities can focus on the more vulnerable members of our communities.
All community members are encouraged to know your local risks and how a disaster could affect your suburb or town and your life. To do this you should prepare a plan; and aim to work with friends and neighbours and local networks to help each other through extreme weather events.
A number of Fact Sheets are available to help you plan and prepare for disasters http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready/fact-sheets.asp
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Darling Downs District
Queensland Police Service
Ph 07 4631 6755 Fax 07 4615 3200
P.O. Box 144, Toowoomba Qld 4350
QPS website: www.police.qld.gov.au
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Crimestoppers 1800 333 000
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