A public safety campaign has been launched by the NSW State Emergency Service to raise the flood awareness and preparedness of Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley residents.
Social research in 2018 identified that less than 20% of residents in the valley were aware of the high risk of flooding in their area. Nearly one third thought that there was no flood risk at all. As a result, many people have not prepared for future floods.
“While the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley has been spared from flooding in recent years, it has flooded before and it will flood again,” Laura Wythes, NSW SES Zone Commander for Sydney Metro said.
“And just as we prepare for storms and bushfires in this region, we need to prepare for floods,” said Wythes.
The Get Ready for Flood Hawkesbury-Nepean campaign directs residents to find out their flood risk at www.myfloodrisk.nsw.gov.au. It also aims to encourage residents to prepare for floods through having conversations with their family and friends about plans for future floods.
The campaign over 11 weeks includes outdoor, newspaper and online advertising. It is supported by a new online flood mapping tool, animated videos and other resources.
This campaign is an initiative of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy. It is being delivered by the NSW State Emergency Service and Infrastructure NSW, in partnership with the Office of Emergency Management.
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