The Department of Rural and Community Development has a unique role to play in fostering the links that bring communities together.
Strengthening community links helps to improve preparedness for emergencies. Experience has shown that active preparation leads to a better response in an emergency, leading to the best possible outcome for all concerned. This preparedness enables the community to come together to use locally identified resources (people and equipment) during an emergency affecting their community, such as the flooding and heavy snowfall of recent years.
Although the response to challenging weather events is coordinated by the Office of Emergency Planning , communities have an important role to play in emergencies.
Central to this is neighbours knowing each other and working together. Being prepared, knowing your neighbours and working together will help to ensure that you and your community are winter ready in the months ahead.
For further information see Be Winter Ready website.
The following documents hold useful information on preparing for challenging weather events.