About Get Ready for Summer

On Saturday 30 October, 2021, Council hosted a free online expo to help residents prepare for the summer storm and bushfire seasons, ‘Get Ready for Summer’.

The Expo showcased expert presenters and lead agencies including the NSW RFS, NSW SES and Fire+Rescue NSW, among others. They provided practical advice to help residents and businesses build resilience and be better prepared for any emergencies that may arise. 

The day focused on understanding what we can do to make our friends, families and pets safer by knowing your risks, and planning for what you will do now and in an emergency. It looked at how to stay informed and where to find reliable information, and what we can do to look after our community, local wildlife, and beautiful environment in which we all live.

The day was a success and video recordings from the Expo can be found here:

Expo program

Session 1: Opening address and welcome
9.30 – 9.45am
Bec Southwell, Emergency Recovery and Resilience Officer – Blue Mountains City Council

Session 2: Understanding your risks
9.45 – 10.15am
Bec Southwell, Emergency Recovery and Resilience Officer – Blue Mountains City Council Peter Belshaw, Program Leader Emergency Management and Resilience – Blue Mountains City Council 

Session 3: Get ready and be prepared for bushfire
10.15 – 10.45am
Andrew Kaye, Community Engagement Coordinator – NSW Rural Fire Service

Session 4: Get ready and be prepared for storms and extreme weather
10.45 – 11.15am
Inspector John Hughes, Unit Commander Blue Mountains –NSW State Emergency Service

Session 5: Get ready and be home fire safe
11.15 – 11.45am
Rod Kinder, Station Officer – Fire + Rescue NSW

Session 6: Get ready and prepare your pets for emergencies
11.45am – 12.15pm
Linda Dedovic – Land Services Officer – Greater Sydney Local Land Services

Session 7: Get ready and be road safety aware
12.15 – 12.45pm
Suzan Mehmet, Road Safety Coordinator – Blue Mountains City Council

12.45 – 1.15pm

Session 8: Get prepared & look out for each other
1.15 – 1.45pm
Liz Cater and Helen McGregor, Volunteers – Australian Red Cross

Session 9: Green shoots – noticing and honouring how we have changed
1.45 – 2.15pm
Megan Watson, Step by Step Wellbeing Counsellor – Step by Step – Gateway Family Services
Gregory Wurth, Mental Health Clinician Bushfire – Flood – COVID-19

Session 10: Look out for each other and build networks
2.15 – 2.45pm
Philip Sen, Community Development Coordinator Blue Mountains – Habitat for Humanity

Session 11: Look out for our wildlife
2.45 – 3.15pm
Tracy Burgess, Volunteer – NSW Wildlife Information Rescue & Education (WIRES)

Session 12: Look out for our environment
3.15 – 3.45pm
Alice Blackwood, Aquatic Systems Officer – Blue Mountains City Council
Gillian Fitzgerald, Education and Engagement Officer, Blue Mountains City Council

Session 13: Resources and closing
3.45 – 4.15pm
Bec Southwell, Emergency Recovery and Resilience Officer – Blue Mountains City Council

Our partners

This expo would not be possible without the support of the agencies and organisations who have partnered with us to bring this timely expert advice to the Blue Mountains Community