Wednesday, 27 October 2021 15:55

Heat Smart preparedness workshops

Little girl and woman in a cool green parkland Little girl and woman in a cool green parkland

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s Heat Smart Western Sydney program has commenced its community engagement phase with heatwave preparedness workshops being rolled out from October.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “The aim of Heat Smart Western Sydney is to build community resilience to heatwaves and extreme heat events.

“Heatwaves are responsible for more deaths than fires, floods and storms combined, and have been widely recognised as a particular concern for Western Sydney,” he said.

“A key component of resilience building, is improving the community’s capacity to manage their own heat risk, prepare their homes, and make safe choices.

WSROC, in partnership with councils and the Australian Red Cross, is running a series of workshops on heatwave preparedness for at-risk community members. The workshops cover:

  • The risks of heat in Western Sydney
  • Who is at risk
  • Low-cost ways to cool your home
  • How to plan and prepare for heatwaves

“We are also facilitating LGA-based workshops for community organisations and service providers to ensure they have adequate planning in place for heatwave periods, and feel prepared to assist at-risk community members,” he said.

The workshops are complimented by a series of resources for organisations and community focused on what to do:

  • At the start of summer
  • When a heatwave is forecast
  • During a heatwave
  • After a heatwave

As well as tips on cooling the home and preparing for blackouts.

“We have been working closely with councils, local health districts, and local GPs to get these resources are easy to use

“Future work will seek to develop quality translations for culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Heat Smart Western Sydney is supported by a project delivery group consisting of: Blacktown City Council, Cumberland City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Liverpool City Council, City of Parramatta, Penrith City Council and the Western Sydney Local Health District.

Heat Smart Western Sydney has been funded under the State Government Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

Heat Smart resources: