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Tune in to prepare for an emergency

Published: 24 March 2016

Council has created a video series to assist members of the Cardinia Shire community to prepare for emergencies.

The six-part series of two-minute videos was endorsed by the Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria, Craig Lapsley, and contains valuable information on:

  • the types of emergencies that may affect you in Cardinia Shire
  • making an emergency plan that involves all members of your household and includes pets
  • preparing an emergency kit
  • ensuring vulnerable people including elderly or less-mobile residents have an emergency plan
  • recognising the role that friends, relatives and neighbours can play in helping to plan for emergencies
  • simple tips to help prepare your family and your property
  • getting involved in emergency planning in your community.

The series was filmed at various locations across Cardinia Shire and features local actors and community volunteers.

The series, which was fully funded by Council, was launched at Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham on Wednesday 23 March.

Mayor Cr Jodie Owen said preparing for emergencies was a shared responsibility.

“Good preparation and planning is critical to the way we respond to and recover from emergencies, and we all have an important part to play.

“A community that is prepared will fare better in an emergency and ‘bounce back’ more quickly in its aftermath,” Cr Owen said.

“Cardinia Shire has a long history of emergencies, including bushfires, grassfires, floods, storms and heatwaves. Some have brought great loss, but they have also taught us the importance of working together to prepare for such disasters.

“This video series will help you to identify the biggest emergency risks according to where you live or work, then steps you through what you need to do to get ready,” Cr Owen said.

Council supports a number of local resilience groups dedicated to preparing their communities for emergencies, including the Emerald Emergency Support Team, the Cockatoo-based Ready2Go heatwave relocation project and Gembrook Emergency and Resilience Group.

To watch Council’s emergency planning video series visit Council’s YouTube channel.