Councils join to prepare for Summer

Article image - Councils join to prepare for Summer Emergency services teams will be on hand to get the community ready.

Four neighbouring Victorian councils have joined forces in a bid to highlight the importance of community safety.

Kingston Council, Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire and City of Greater Dandenong will host Operation Community Ready designed to educate the community.

Visitors will be able to participate in a range of interactive activities and watch demonstrations on water safety and fire behaviour.

They will also be able to meet with emergency services representatives and learn more about the work they do.

The councils will launch a range of resources including a booklet, eight preparedness videos and an interactive website which will assist the community in developing their own emergency plans.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Youhorn Chea said that 26 percent of the people living within the four council areas only arrived in Australia in the past 10 years, so education and awareness was paramount.

“This event is not only an opportunity to learn more about what these services do but also a chance to learn more about the role everyone can play in being emergency ready.”

Kingston Mayor, Steve Staikos, said local families could gain vital tips to help them put together their own emergency action plans.

Frankston City Council Mayor, Colin Hampton, said earlier this year the Frankston community experienced an evacuation due to a bushfire in Carrum Downs.

“This event brought home the importance of being prepared. We don’t know how we will react in an emergency until it happens but having everything you need ready to go means that you can grab what you need most, without wasting time by over thinking it.”

Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mayor, Bryan Payne, said visitors to the event would have the opportunity to interact with members of the Victorian Coastguard, the SES, CFA, Victoria Police and meet search and rescue dogs.