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In case of emergency: Local emergency workers will be up for a chat at the Operation Emergency Ready event. Picture: Supplied

KINGSTON Council has joined forces with Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, and Greater Dandenong Council to host an event designed to “educate the community and ensure they are emergency ready.”

‘Operation Emergency Ready’ will be launched on Saturday 13 October at Harmony Square in Dandenong.

A range of interactive activities and demonstrations on water safety and fire behaviour will be on display throughout the day. Visitors can also meet with emergency services representatives and learn more about the work they do.

Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said local families could “gain vital tips to help them put together their own emergency action plans.”

“We want to make sure our communities are kept safe and healthy, so come along to make sure your family knows what to do in times of emergency.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry,” Cr Staikos said.

Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton noted that earlier this year, a bushfire in Carrum Downs had caused an evacuation.

“This event brought home the importance of being prepared,” Cr Hampton said.

“We don’t know how we will react in an emergency until it happens but having everything you need ready to go means that you can grab what you need most, without wasting time by over thinking it.”

Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Bryan Payne said “visitors to the event will have the opportunity to interact with members of the Victorian Coastguard, the SES, CFA, Victoria Police and meet search and rescue dogs.”

“Join us at Operation Emergency Ready and learn more about how you can be better prepared for an emergency and enjoy a day out with your family and friends,” Cr Payne said.

Operation Emergency Ready is a free event and will run from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 13 October.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 10 October 2018

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