EMERGENCY PLAN “HEALTH CHECK” WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS IN THE HAWKESBURY-NEPEAN VALLEY
Directors and staff from nearly 40 schools in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley gathered in August and September 2019 to discuss their emergency management arrangements for flood and other natural disasters.
A series of hands-on workshops were provided for schools at highest risk of flood within the valley. The workshops focussed key aspects of best-practice emergency planning for flood, including:
- triggers and responses
- roles and responsibilities
- contingencies for different scenarios
- communications before and during a flood.
Workshops included a scenario-based exercise, allowing schools to practice their plans against realistic flood scenarios in a friendly, collaborative environment.
This project was an initiative of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy, delivered by Infrastructure NSW and the NSW State Emergency Service, and in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, the Association of Independent Schools of NSW and schools at risk of flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
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