Steph Cooke stands between two tall men in bright yellow RFS shirts. All three smile at the camera.

Prepare your bushfire survival plan, don’t drive through floodwater, swim between the flags, and make sure your home is fire safe this summer – these are some of the safety tips NSW emergency service agencies have shared ahead of the 2020 summer season.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said summer is a particularly busy time of year for all emergency services and urged everyone to put safety first.

“After last summer’s bushfires, floods and storms it should be clear to everyone that we all need to play our part in being prepared for natural disasters and taking the steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe,” Ms Cooke said.

“So whether it is having a bushfire plan in place, making sure you’re not harvesting in bad weather and taking other precautions, we can all be doing more to get ready for summer.”

“Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility, whether you’re at home, at work or away on holidays.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined emergency services leaders on Sydney Harbour to issue the timely reminder, as people begin decorating their homes for Christmas, planning holidays in regional NSW and enjoying warm days by the water.

“Aussie summers are iconic, but they can also be tragic. Last year, we had a horror bushfire season. This year, we’re expecting a wet and wild summer. But bushfires and storms are not the only threats we face,” Mr Elliott said.

“I urge you to use the start of summer as a start of a conversation with your friends and families about being prepared for seasonal hazards. Especially this year, as experts warn of a La Niña summer.” Find out more about the steps you can take to Get Ready for summer at https://resilience.nsw.gov.au/prepare.html