Wednesday, 19 January 2022 13:35

Does your organisation have a heatwave plan?

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  • What temperature is your air-conditioning rated to?
  • Will building access be impacted in a power outage (lifts, electronic doors)?
  • How will you contact staff if telecommunication networks are disrupted?
  • Do you have a plan for altered operating hours?
  • Can you offer additional welfare checks for at-risk clients?

These are just some of the questions we should be asking ourselves to prepare for extreme heat events.

Heatwaves are Australia's most deadly natural hazard, yet many of us don't take heat as seriously as we should.

With extreme heat events expected to become more frequent, longer and intense with climate change, there is a need to ensure everyone in the community is aware, prepared and supported to stay safe during extreme heat events.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has been working in partnership with councils, local health districts, the Australian Red Cross and Risk Frontiers to build awareness and preparedness for extreme heat as part of the Heat Smart Western Sydney program.

Below are a range of resources designed to support heat preparedness for local organisations and the communities they support.

Heat Smart Guide for organisations

This guide will help your organisation develop a basic heatwave plan and identify ways to support staff and clients to ensure they are safe. It includes guidance on:

  • Who is at risk
  • The key challenges people face during heat
  • Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness
  • Key planning considerations for organisations
  • A heatwave planning checklist
  • A client welfare checklist

Heat Smart community resources

Three communtiy resoruces have been developed including:

  • Heat Smart seniors
  • Heat Smart new parents
  • 10 tips for a cooler home

To compliment these resources, WSROC is providing free heatwave preparedness workshops to Western Sydney organisations and community groups.

If you would like further information on these workshops or hard-copy resources delivered, please contact Kelly Gee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on planning for emergencies visit the Australian Red Cross website

Heat Smart Guide for organisations      
HeatSmartOver65 HeatSmartBabiesandChildren Coolhometips  

Heat Smart: Be safe during extreme heat

Heat Smart: Keep babies and children safe

Heat Smart: 10 tips for a cooler home  
 Heat Smart Western Sydney has been funded under the State Government Natural Disaster Resilience Program.      
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