Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging businesses, schools and community groups to showcase how they have prepared themselves for disasters.

They could be a winning entry in the 2019 Resilient Australia Awards and the 2019 NSW Get Ready Community Award, two programs which showcase projects in NSW that are building community preparedness and resilience.

“These are two really worthwhile initiatives which shine a light on what we can do in case the worst happens,” Ms Cooke said.

“The Cootamundra electorate has endured bushfires and floods, and the impacts these have on the community cannot be overstated.

“These awards schemes are a fantastic way to get us all thinking about how we can be prepared well ahead of time, or have a solid plan for recovery if disaster does strike.”

Previous winners of the Resilient Australia Awards include a community awareness forum, a school research project which shared information with the town, and a campaign reminding the public of the dangers of entering floodwater.

Winning entrants in the NSW Get Ready Community Award include a bushfire recovery hub, a flood clean-up project and an initiative which helped a remote town with an ageing population to be prepared for fires.

More information about the awards and how to enter can be found at https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/emergency-management/awards/Awards.aspx.