Chil­dren ready for bush­fire sea­son

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

GIDGEGANNUP Pri­mary School stu­dents are bet­ter pre­pared for the up­com­ing bush­fire sea­son af­ter putting to­gether their own per­sonal emer­gency pil­low­case kits for home.

Teacher Sian Kelly said The Pil­low­case Project was im­por­tant, with Gidgegannup rated as one of the top five bush­fire- prone ar­eas.

“The stu­dents will be putting py­ja­mas, toi­letries, a teddy, change of clothes, medicine, bat­ter­ies, a game, pen­cils and colour­ing book, snack, wa­ter bot­tle, blan­ket and a first aid kit into their pil­low­case,” she said.

“Each item was drawn on the front of the pil­low­case with fab­ric mark­ers so they can re­mem­ber what to pack if they need to evac­u­ate quickly in an emer­gency.

“The pro­gram is im­por­tant, as chil­dren are vul­ner­a­ble in times of an emer­gency and this teaches them how to be pre­pared and ready to han­dle a dif­fi­cult and stress­ful time calmly.

“We have bush­fires each year in Gidgegannup and many of the stu­dents have been evac­u­ated from their homes dur­ing bush­fire threats.”

The Of­fice of Emer­gency Man- age­ment pro­vided a Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­silience Pro­gram grant to Red Cross to fund a Whole of Com­mu­nity Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Pro­gram in parts of the City of Swan.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said the project would help make the com­mu­nity more re­silient in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

“Emer­gen­cies are con­fronting sit­u­a­tions and the bet­ter we can pre­pare for them, the eas­ier it is for us to cope, re­cover and move for­ward when they hap­pen,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d474951

Pri­mary school chil­dren Pa­trick At­wood, Khaled Howlett, Keila Mayger and Molly Bea­gley with bush fire crew David Cole, An­drew Watt and Shane At­wood.

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