Now is the time to confront risks after last year’s bushfires.

Don Pattison rebuilding his home at Caparra after the 2019 bushfires.

Mark Get Ready Weekend on the calendar on 19th and 20th September. Local NSW RFS brigades will be holding events to help residents prepare for the bushfire season ahead.

While the focus for ‘Get Ready’ is on being prepared for future fire events, many on the MidCoast are still recovering from the tragic results of the Black Summer fires which swept through the region in November last year.

For Don Pattison and Cheryl Pacey, MidCoast locals who lost their home at Caparra on Friday 8 November 2019 when the Rumba Dump fire spread out of control, the most important thing we can all do is to continue to support and encourage those in our communities who are still recovering.

If you reach out to your local community, I’m sure they will do what they can to help you.” He encourages all those affected by the fires to seek out help, with checking the website link below a good start.” said Mr Pattinson.

People will respond that they are okay, but you need to go back (and check in) three, four, five, six times before they will say ‘you know what, I could do with a hand’ ”.

Don and Cheryl have shared their inspiring story of resilience, recovery and rebuilding their home with MidCoast Council.

For bushfire recovery assistance and to view Don and Cheryl’s story, visit

Prepare Now

It’s time for families and neighbours to prepare for bushfire season and to start a broader conversation about being prepared for all hazards.

“The 2019/20 bushfire season was the most devastating bushfire season in NSW and MidCoast regional history. We have seen our community really pull together to help each other recover from the impact of these fires, and that is ongoing,” said MidCoast Mayor David West.

“I am sure that as a community, and as individuals, we will all make an extra effort this year, to ensure everyone is prepared and has a bushfire emergency plan.”

For more information on a local brigade event, visit

The MidCoast emergency hub, at has information to help MidCoast residents plan and prepare for a range of hazards, and be disaster ready.