Mid North Coast community group Head, Heart and Hands (HHH) are delivering a hands-on workshop "Emergency Preparedness for Families", to identify strategies to help families and children prepare and respond to natural disasters.
HHH project coordinator Kate Medcalf said there have been a number of emergency situations experienced by the Hastings community in recent years.
"Extreme bushfires, extensive flooding, as well as the stress of COVID-19 and ongoing drought have impacted families and children," she said.
"With climate change making hot days hotter and increasing the intensity and frequency of storms, the workshop intends to provide families with knowledge of the impact of natural disasters on children and the resources available to respond.
"Participants at the workshop will also build capacity to implement resilience in children, and strengthen connections between families to support community capacity."
The workshop will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Mariane Power, of Posify Group, and local psychologist Rachel Sheppard.
The session has been designed to consider the strengths of participating families and address their individual areas of concern.
Topics addressed by Mariane and Rachel include practical measures influenced by the Rural Fire Service, SES and Red Cross plans, and psychological resilience and conversations around emergencies and disasters. Support for children, as well as normal responses and practical skills will be the key goals of the evening.
The workshop will be held Wednesday 4 August, from 7pm-8:30pm, via Zoom. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. To book, go to https://events.humanitix.com/emergency-preparedness-for-families
The HHH project is auspiced by Port Macquarie Community Garden and has been named a recipient of the NSW Government, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment "Increasing Resilience to Climate Change" Community Grant.
If you would like to get involved in the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on facebook.com/headheartandhandsportmac
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