Prepare a 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 summer safety tips NSW emergency service agencies have shared as we head into the summer season.
Now is the time to prepare, ahead of decorating your home for Christmas and enjoying hot days by the water.
People can't become complacent - it is vital that everyone takes the time to know what your risk is and prepare.
All communities are urged to follow these five steps:
1. Know your risk: think about the area you're in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
2. Plan now for what you will do: talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area or where you plan to holiday this summer;
3. Get your home ready: prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;
4. Be aware - find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area or where you intend to holiday this summer and connect with emergency services or keep on top of local news reports to stay informed;
5. Look out for each other - share information with your family, friends and neighbours.
Find out more about how to prepare for natural disasters via the Resilience NSW website.
Apply for a sports grant
Local sporting organisations can apply for a share in up to $100 million in grants following the opening of the NSW government's Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.
The fund provides more opportunities for people to play sport and be healthy and active by investing in new or upgraded multi-sport facilities.
I urge local clubs, associations and councils to take advantage of the opportunity to modernise local facilities.
As we come out of lockdown and community sport starts to return, the fund provides the opportunity to secure dollars to make sporting fields and infrastructure better for participants.
For more information on the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants