Central Coast Council is encouraging residents to be prepared, stay vigilant and check on neighbours ahead of catastrophic fire danger conditions predicted for today.
Council chief executive officer Gary Murphy said residents should refer to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) for the latest advice on fires burning and for information on how to be as prepared as possible for the catastrophic conditions forecast.
"A state of emergency has been declared and a state-wide total fire ban is in force - it is vital that we are all as vigilant and prepared as possible," Mr Murphy said.
"The NSW Rural Fire Service is the lead agency for bush fires and all community members should refer to the RFS for the latest advice and information.
"All community members with a smart phone are encouraged to download and monitor the RFS 'Fires Near Me' App, alternatively refer to the RFS website - rfs.nsw.gov.au
"Please also take time to check in on your neighbours, particularly elderly residents, to ensure that they are safe and prepared."
A number of council closures and changes are already in place including:
- Council bushland reserves, picnic areas and walking tracks are closed until further notice (this is in addition to all NSW National Parks and Reserves, including tracks, trails, campgrounds and picnic areas);
- waste services change - bin and bulk kerbside collections will be starting earlier (from 4am);
- childcare centres closed - Northlakes (San Remo) Little Coast Kids, and Kariong Child Care Centre;
- event cancelled - Pop-Up Create Precinct (part of The Lakes Festival) at MacKenzies Reserve, Budgewoi.
For more information on council services visit centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/news
For the latest advice on fires burning and for information on how to plan and prepare for emergencies visit rfs.nsw.gov.au